Escape ladders can provide a means of escape from a second or third story room, but should not be considered the primary escape route. Use a window exit and escape ladder only if the other exits are blocked by smoke and/or fire.
Escape ladders should not be used as a means of escape from floors higher than the third story.
Escape ladders should be located in each occupied room on the second and/or third story above the main level of the home.
Purchase escape ladders that bear the label of a nationally-recognized testing laboratory.
Place escape ladders in a location near the window where you can access them quickly in case of emergency.
Make sure every member of your family knows where the escape ladders are kept.
Examine your escape ladder and read the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you know how to use it before there is an emergency.
Practice setting up the ladder from a first floor window to make sure you know how to do it quickly and correctly.
Make sure the escape ladder fits the window where it will be used.
Make sure that the window where the ladder will be used opens easily and that all members of your family can open it.
If the windows in your home have security bars, make sure that the bars have emergency release devices inside so they can be opened quickly in case of an emergency.
Do not practice with the escape ladder during your family fire drills. Only use the ladder during a real emergency.