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phelement
Fire Safety Ladder

we recently bought a house that has two and 3 story windows. I want to find out any reputable recommendation for installing a ladder for fire safety with kids in mind. - are there companies that can install a saftey ladder in a single family home as a permanent fixture. what options are there for non-permanent options that are easy to use and install quickly.

dj1
Re: Fire Safety Ladder

While we normally can't recommend contractors (we are not located in your city), we can tell you that depending on the type of fire ladder you have in mind, various local general contractor and framers can offer you professional installation. You will have to do the calling, talking, make appointments, listen to advice and receive estimates, yourself.

In all my years in the business, I've never seen one of these ladders installed on a house, but then again, I have never been involved with 3 story houses.

Fencepost
Re: Fire Safety Ladder

One non-permanent option is a chain ladder (chain rails and solid rungs) that hooks on the window sill; you toss the rest of it out the window.

Regardless of what option you choose, regularly PRACTICE using the escape ladder with your kids so that their self-rescue response comes immediately and naturally. This means that if using a temporary ladder, THEY know how to attach it, throw it out the window, and climb down by themselves.

Arrange a meeting spot outside of your home where EVERYONE gathers.

Have both announced drills (where you can practice evacuation with coaching) and unannounced drills (where you sound the smoke detectors and they have to evacuate without your help). Have another responsible adult in your home conduct unannounced drills so YOU can practice proper response.

Place fire extinguishers near the exits to your home, not in interior areas. That way, you have to go toward an exit to grab a fire extinguisher, reducing the possibility of being trapped by fire.

Personal anecdote: a while back, one of the smoke detectors in our house experienced a failure and sounded a false alarm. My wife's response was good. I am ashamed of my response -- I did not do a good job of evacuation before verifying the validity of the alarm.

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Richard
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Fencepost wrote:

One non-permanent option is a chain ladder (chain rails and solid rungs) that hooks on the window sill; you toss the rest of it out the window.

Regardless of what option you choose, regularly PRACTICE using the escape ladder with your kids so that their self-rescue response comes immediately and naturally. This means that if using a temporary ladder, THEY know how to attach it, throw it out the window, and climb down by themselves.

Arrange a meeting spot outside of your home where EVERYONE gathers.

Have both announced drills (where you can practice evacuation with coaching) and unannounced drills (where you sound the smoke detectors and they have to evacuate without your help). Have another responsible adult in your home conduct unannounced drills so YOU can practice proper response.

Place fire extinguishers near the exits to your home, not in interior areas. That way, you have to go toward an exit to grab a fire extinguisher, reducing the possibility of being trapped by fire.

Personal anecdote: a while back, one of the smoke detectors in our house experienced a failure and sounded a false alarm. My wife's response was good. I am ashamed of my response -- I did not do a good job of evacuation before verifying the validity of the alarm.

This is really good....

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