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Evacuation Equipment FAQs

Can I use a fire escape ladder with double glazed windows?

Fire escape ladders can be used with double glazed windows as long as the window can be safely broken by hitting the corner with an emergency escape hammer to allow the ladder to be deployed.

Please note: we recommend that you lay a coat or similar item over the shards of glass before deploying the ladder.

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