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Evacuation Equipment FAQs

My window only opens at the top. Can I use a fire escape ladder?

Yes you can, if you are able to break the bottom pane of glass safely to escape. We would recommend that you place an emergency escape hammer next to this window to ensure you are able to escape in an emergency. You would then need to purchase the most suitable fire escape ladder for your wall thickness. 

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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