Fire escape ladders can be installed in windows as emergency or alternative exits, especially if the main door is not accessible or is far. They are made of flame-retardant materials to make them impervious to fire. Most fire escape ladders extend from the window directly to the ground or at least a few feet from the ground. They are durable enough to hold more than one person at the same time.
Types of Fire Escape Ladders
Kinds of Fire Escape Ladders include the following:
Chain fire escape ladders
The rungs and sides of chain fire escape ladders are made of durable metal.
They are generally portable, foldable, and easy to use since they do not need any installation plate.Most have a weight capacity of up to 500 pounds.
Chain fire escape ladders are available in different sizes. The small models have two to three steps, while the longer models feature 20 steps or more.
Web fire escape ladders
Web fire escape ladders are commonly made of nylon.
They are not as durable as the metallic chain models, but are far cheaper.
Most have a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds.
Web fire escape ladders are light, compact, and portable.
Permanent fire escape ladders
Permanent fire escape ladders are constructed permanently underneath windows or balconies.
Some are long enough to reach the ground directly, but some require manual extension.
Most permanent fire escape ladders are durable enough to hold more than four persons at the same time.
Choosing Fire Escape Ladders (Buying tips)
Weight capacity: Choose a fire escape ladder with a weight capacity of at least 1,000 pounds, allowing several people to climb down it at the same time.