The tragic June fire in a
Fremont rental duplex where 5 young people lost their lives is a grim reminder
about the dangers of fire and the continuous need to prepare for fire emergencies.
In a fire, seconds count. A delay in
responding quickly to a sounding smoke alarm or a fire at home could delay the
response from the fire department and may increase the risk of injury or loss
Seattle Fire Department has developed home escape cards
in several languages to
highlight the importance of preparing escape plans, having a home fire drill, reacting
quickly to smoke alarms, and practicing calling 911 once outside.
escape ladders should be considered as part of one's fire escape plan for
people on the second or third story of a house or apartment.
When choosing an
escape ladder, make sure that it fits the distance needed to reach the ground.
Most fire escape ladders come in 2-story(14 ft) and 3-story (24 ft) lengths.
The ladders should have standoffs to make stepping down easier and should be
rated to hold at least 1000 lbs. Fire escape ladders can be purchased at most
home improvement and hardware stores as well as online.Fire escape ladders handout.