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Guest Woodward

Hi, I'm moving into a town house which has only top opening windows.  I want to get a fire escape ladder for each of the rooms but I'm not sure if the ladders will be supported enough by the window?

Any advice appreciated.  Thank you.


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No, the window will not give sufficient support for the escape ladder.  You need to either break the lower double glazing with a hammer or special escape hammer by hitting the corners of the pane (never hit the center, as the hammer will bounce back and could injure you). Alternatively you can install a bar above the window onto which an escape ladder is hooked in an emergency. Please note that the bar has to be fitted with the bolts ABOVE the bar.


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