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Sometimes, we find ourselves in situations where our bodies are threatened. Here are some ideas on how to protect yourself from attacks by others and by forces of nature such as fire.

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Emergency Escape Ladders

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A complete fire escape plan for your home should include at least one emergency escape ladder from the higher floors. These can come pre-packaged and mounted in a case under a bedroom window inside the home or with large windowsill hooks that allow the ladder to be used at different windows. In the event of a fire, you open the window, pull the ladder out of its case, and fling it down the side to make an escape path.

Look for these features when shopping for an emergency escape ladder:

  • Chains encased in some sort or cover to keep from getting entangled. Rope ladders should be treated with flame retardant.
  • Slip-resistant foot holds
  • Sufficient length (12 feet for 1st and 2nd floor exits, 20 feet for 3rd floor)
  • UL-listing label to identifying it as a tested design that can resist damage from the fire itself
  • Capable of supporting more than one person at a time, or one heavy person (typical load limits are 450 lbs. per step and 1000 lbs. total. If possible, however, the ladder should be used by one person at a time.
  • Standoffs incorporated on the ladder rails to keep it away from the house when deployed in order to allow the ample room to put your foot on the step.
  • While home versions tend to be packaged in unmarked containers to blend better into everday decor, ladders intended for public places should be easily visible and adequately marked.

Note that when installing a wall-mounted emergency escape ladder, be sure to bolt the ladder case to a wall stud or other structural member, not just the sheet rock.

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