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ESC220 Fire Escape Ladders - Werner US
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ESC220 2-Story Built-In Fire Escape Ladder


SizeLoad Capacity
17ft 2in1200lb

The ESC220 is a 2-story built-in fire escape ladder that installs permanently under a window making it always there if ever needed. Deploys in seconds for a quick escape. Supports up to 1200lb and is easy to use. The rungs are anti-slip and have standoffs for ease in descending. The climbing assist strap aids in exiting the window. EVERY SECOND COUNTS, ESCAPE FASTER™.


  • Blends with room decor
  • Storage pan permanently installs in wall
  • Climbing assistance strap
  • Anti-slip rungs and standoffs
  • Door included with unit
  • Permanent installation always there when you need it
  • Deploys in seconds easy to use
  • Faster escape supports up to 1200lb
  • The pan size is 8-1/2in Height x 15-1/4in Width x 3-1/2in Depth


FeatureSize / Details
Size17ft 2in
Load Capacity1200lb
Load Capacity per Step400lb
Approx. Shipping Weight (lb)17.5
Rung Depth3-1/2in

Package Contents

Part NumberQtyDescription


Distance Between Steps14-1/4in
Storage Pan Height8-1/2in
Storage Pan Width15-1/4in
Storage Pan Depth3-1/2in

Additional ESC Series Models

Model No.SizeApprox. Shipping Weight (lb)Buy Online
ESC22017ft 2in17.5
ESC33024ft 8in23.2

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We have a 2 story townhouse. Outside of our bedroom window is a 10ft sloped roof/awning, then another 12ft or so drop to the ground. Must manuever a bit around a skylight under the window. Which ladder do you recommend- the 2 or 3 story?

Asked by: dan1
For any of our escape ladders, you have to have a straight drop. Therefore, I don't have any recommendations.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2018-08-24

Do you have a ladder with the same specs (400 lbs capacity per rung) that has hooks to hook onto the window frame rather than mounting into the wall?

Asked by: Claudette
We don't offer a ladder as you described.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2018-08-06

Can my children use the fire escape ladder to sneak out?

Asked by: Anonymous
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.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2018-07-31

How many fire escape units do I need?

Asked by: Anonymous
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.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2018-07-31

Will I have significant heating or cooling loss when I install these fire escape ladders in my rooms?

Asked by: Anonymous
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.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2018-07-31

How exactly are these fire escape ladders secured to the wall?

Asked by: Anonymous
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.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2018-07-31

Can your fire escape ladders be mounted to the floor, off to the side of a window or door, or outside the home?

Asked by: Anonymous
No, the ladders were not designed or tested to be installed anywhere but directly below a window inside the home.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2018-07-31

Can your fire escape ladder be used in homes where a straight drop to the ground does not exist?

Asked by: Anonymous
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.
Answered by: Customer Care
Date published: 2018-07-31
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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 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.