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Evacuation Equipment FAQs

Which fire escape ladders would be suitable for an apartment block with balcony rails?

Fire escape ladders with clips or fixed hooks designed to attach to pre-installed fixings underneath a window would be suitable for balconies, for example:

  • EasyScape – 4.3m / 14ft (2 storey) and 7.0m / 23ft (3 storey) lengths available
  • Kletter-Fix – 5.0m / 16ft (2 storey) and 12.0m / 39ft (4 storey) lengths available
  • Kletter-Fix Modules – 4.0m / 13ft (2 storey) lengths, can be clipped together

Do not use standard "hook type" portable escape ladders as these are designed to fit over a windowsill and will not hold securely onto a balcony or other railings.

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