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Evacuation Equipment FAQs

My window sill has not got a lip or overhang. Can I still use a fire escape ladder?

Yes, you can. None of our fire escape ladders require an overhang of the sill, neither on the inside nor the outside, as the ladders should locate against the wall and the top of the sill only. The sill itself does not take any of the weight or provide any of the support for the ladder.

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