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FIRE ESCAPE LADDERS - Fire Escape Planning


In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. Most fires occur in the home when people are asleep. If you wake up to a fire, you won’t have time to grab valuables because fire spreads too quickly and the smoke is too thick. There is only time to escape. 
Source: U. S. Fire Administration (USFA)

Does your family have a fire escape plan? If you own a ladder do you know where it is?
Have you practiced your fire escape plan during the day and at night? Have you tested your fire escape ladder in a fire drill?
If you live in a multi-level home do you own a fire escape ladder? If you answered “No” to any of these questions your plan is not complete!
Werner Fire Escape Ladders can help you complete your plan. The Werner Fire Escape Ladder is unique in the fact that it is permanently affixed to the interior wall of your home so it is always there and ready to use when you need it. It also is designed to be used when practicing fire drills. For more information on our products click Werner Fire Escape Ladders.

For more tips on fire safety escape planning download this Fire Escape Planning Tips Guide
 provided by the National Fire Protection Association.


  • According to an NFPA survey, only one in four Americans have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

  • While 66% of Americans have a fire escape plan, only one-third of have practiced it.

  • One-third of American households estimated that they would have at least 6 minutes before a fire became life-threatening. The actual time available is often less according to the U.S. Fire Administration who states that in 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire.


Hear why firefighters recommend the Werner Fire Escape Ladder over alternative ladders.

Fire Escape Planning Tips Guide

For more tips on fire safety escape planning download this Fire Escape Planning Tips Guide provided by the National Fire Protection Association.


In the event fire occurs in your home, detection alone is not enough. You must have a Fire Escape Plan to ensure the safety of you and your family.


For more tips on Fire Escape Planning and Fire Safety please visit these sites:

National Fire Protection Association

U.S. Fire Administration

American Red Cross

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 reach 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.

Performance system
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.