Are portable fire escape ladders a good thing?


The fire department is asked a lot about whether we recommend fire escape ladders for children’s bedrooms. There are many factors to consider when determining whether a portable ladder is for you or your family. Portable fire escape ladders are designed for emergency escapes from windows. They vary in length, but are designed for use in 2, 3, 4 and 5 story buildings. The longer the ladder, the heavier it will be to move and more difficult to deploy. Make sure the intended user is old enough, strong enough, trained, and has practiced securing it to the window. Most portable models hang from windows with hooks.  Make sure the hooks on the model you purchase will accommodate the thickness of your walls, window frame etc. Test it. Purchase a model that is UL Listed, which indicates it has passed specific safety standards. Find a storage place for the ladder that is accessible and known to everyone who might need to use it. When you hold your family meeting to review emergency exit paths from your home, don’t forget to demonstrate the use of your portable ladder.