It doesn’t take long before a small fire can engulf a whole house – sometimes in under 30 seconds. So when a fire occurs, there is little time to get out of the house. The flames and especially the smoke make escaping extremely difficult. Creating a fire escape plan and installing smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and escape ladders can greatly help one escape a fire unharmed. Here are essential escape ladder safety tips to keep in mind:
- Escape ladders should be tested by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as Underwriter’s Laboratory. Tested ladders have the certified label on the packaging.
- Escape ladders should only be used in houses no taller than three stories. Using escape ladders on the fourth floor and up can be very dangerous.
- Escape ladders shouldn’t be used as primary escape routes. They should only be used if the primary escape route is blocked by fire or smoke.
- An escape ladder should be kept in each occupied room on the second and/or third story and near a window to access them quickly in case of emergency.
- Every household member, including children and the elderly, must know where the escape ladders are located.
- All household members should read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to ensure everyone knows how to use the ladder.
- After reading the instructions, household members should practice setting up the ladder several times on all types of windows in the home.
- All household members should be able to easily open windows where escape ladders are used.
- Windows that have security bars should have emergency release devices in case someone has to open them quickly and use the ladder to escape a fire.
- To avoid the risk of injury, escape ladders must not be used for any other purpose than escaping in an emergency. Moreover, ladders shouldn’t be tested during fire drills.
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