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Frequently Asked Questions About Fire Escape Ladders

How can I make sure I am choosing the right size ladder for my home?
Werner offers both a 2 story model with 15’10” of coverage; and a 3 story model with 23’8” of coverage. If you are not sure of the distance from your window sill to the ground and you do not have a tape measure, you can take a piece of string or rope to measure the distance and then use a traditional ruler to determine the length.
Can the Werner Fire Escape Ladder be used in homes where a straight drop to the ground does not exist?
Yes, the flexible nylon webbing between the rungs will allow use of the product in most scenarios where you have a porch, balcony, gable, extended or multiple roof lines. The ladder does not require a flat wall to be used. Determining the total distance to reach the ground both horizontally and vertically will be a critical factor in selecting the correct model.
Can the Werner Fire Escape Ladder be mounted to the floor, off to the side of a window or door, or outside the home?
No, the ladders were not designed or tested to be installed anywhere but directly below a window inside the home.
How is the Werner Fire Escape Ladder secured to the wall?
The unit is recessed into the wall space beneath an upper story window. Both units use screws to fasten the pan and ladder to the studs. The pan uses 4 – 1” hex screws and the ladder uses 2 – 3/8” x 1 ¾” hex lag screws.
When I install the Werner Fire Escape Ladders in my rooms will I have significant cooling or heating loss?
No, every unit includes an insulation sheet to give you the same insulation value as an Energy Star compliant window. The unit has a frame around the pan so it fits flush to the wall. Caulking around the unit will seal the installation area. The pan, rungs, and door all act as additional insulators to help avoid hot or cold spots.
How many units do I need?
It depends on the size of your home. Emergency experts recommend two ways out of every sleeping bedroom. At a minimum, there should be two units installed, one on each side of the staircase because in the event of a fire the stairwell can act like a chimney flue and divide the upper bedrooms of the house. Also, when determining the locations, keep in mind that the kitchen or garage is often the source of a fire. You can also consult your local fire department for further recommendations.
Will my children use the Werner Fire Escape Ladder to sneak out?
The process of deploying the aluminum ladder is not quiet. Someone attempting to use the ladder would have to open the window, deploy the ladder and upon return, pull the ladder back in through the window and repack it without getting caught.

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Fire Escape Planning Tips Guide provided by the National Fire Protection Association.
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You must have a Fire Escape Plan to ensure the safety of you and your family.
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Different types of ladders are designed to keep you safe and productive when climbing or standing. Using the wrong style of ladder or simply ignoring the limitations of climbing equipment can result in a fall or serious injury.
Height is referring to the actual ladder height. Extension ladders should be 7 to 10 feet longer than the highest support or contact point, which may be the wall or roof line. The highest standing level is four rungs down from the top. The highest permitted standing level on a stepladder is two steps down from the top.

Reach height is the maximum reach assuming a 5’6” person with a vertical 12” reach.
Ladders are designed to safely hold up to a specific amount of weight. The Werner Performance System defines five different capacities using a color and star rating system. The Duty Rating is defined as the maximum safe load capacity of the ladder. A person’s fully clothed weight plus the weight of any tools and materials that are carried onto the ladder must be less than the load capacity.

Werner offers ladder made from fiberglass and aluminum. Each material has characteristics which make it best for certain applications, or one material may simply fit the personal preferences of the user. For example, if working around electricity users should select fiberglass products due to their non-conductive side rails.