Fire Safety Education
JCC Fire Department
5077 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
For Emergencies dial 911
Home Fire Escape Ladders
During a fire, the easiest way out of your home is not always the safest way out. Home fire escape ladders can provide an alternate escape route from second or third story windows.
Escape ladders are available for purchase through many retailers, including hardware and major department stores. Here are some tips for purchasing:
- Where can I purchase a home fire escape ladder? You can purchase a home fire escape ladder from any of the “big box” stores, such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, or Wal-Mart. There are also many places to purchase these ladders on the internet.
- What should I consider when purchasing a home fire escape ladder? Make sure that you can return it. Not every ladder will work with every windowsill. You might wish to purchase a ladder that will carry more weight; you never know when more than one person might need to use the ladder. A ladder with feet or a support system that goes against the side of the building can prevent or reduce swaying. Also look for ladders that have been approved by an independent testing laboratory such as UL. Using your favorite search engine (such as Google) should bring up a number of sites to research for these ladders.
- Make sure that windows and window screens can be opened easily for escape.