No matter if you’re single, married or have a family, fire safety should be a major consideration for your home and office. Despite what you might think, when the unfortunate event of a fire happens, there’s no possible way for you to know just how you will handle this extremely stressful circumstance. Not only that, if you’re in a location that has just one exit or multiple floors, having an escape plan is necessary and a fire route should be mapped out. The likelihood that you will be able to walk out the front door is not very high, which means that you will need to escape through a window. If you’re on a second or third floor, though, you’ll need a fire escape ladder to make it to safety, safely.
I’m not sure about you, but keeping myself, my family and even my animals in mind is an everyday thing. I’ve obsessed over fires, the potential of fire and double check everything when I leave the house even for an hour. I do everything possible to stay safe, including testing my fire detectors once a week. The point of this is that while many of us are prepared by doing the above, we are not 100% prepared without a fire escape ladder.
There are tons of sad stories about parents who are unable to save their kids or animals because they were upstairs. Many newly constructed split homes today have the master bedroom and bathroom downstairs, and the other bathrooms upstairs. Kids are often excited about this as they have their own “space” away from their parents, but in a fire—this can be very dangerous and scary. If your home is more than one story you should have an escape ladder in each top-story room. These ladders are specifically made to accommodate two or even three story homes, so you don’t have to worry about making it outside safely.
According to the Home Safety Council, only six percent of American homes have a fire escape ladder. Now, given that there are over 70 million two and three story homes in the United States alone, that percentage should be much higher, shouldn’t it? With that being said, I want to mention two types of fire escape ladders that are on the market—portable fire escape ladders and permanent escape ladders that can be built-in to your home. Most standard homeowners would opt for portable fire escape ladders that can be stored easily under a bed or in a closet over a permanent fixture, and the great thing is that they are both very much affordable.
When you set out there to buy a fire escape ladder it is very important that you do not settle for a no-name brand or for a brand that hasn’t been tested by an independent certification organization such as Underwriters Laboratory—so look for that UL sticker! Personally, there are only two brands that I trust when it comes to fire safety: Kidde and First Alert. I highly recommend that you buy from these brands only. It’s also extremely important that the ladder is the right size for the window that you will be using it in.
All in all, purchasing a fire escape ladder is an important decision that needs to happen, especially if your home is more than one floor. You should also make sure that everyone in your home knows how to use them and practices doing so—you can never be too prepared for a fire! The hope is that you will never have to use the fire escape, but at least it will be there if the unimaginable happens. Use the ladder only if all other exits are blocked.