The Werner ESC220 Fire Escape Ladder, Two Story
- Can be used multiple times:
- Flat rungs, with anti-slip grooves:
- Can be installed in under two hours:
- Designed to handle up to 1,200 pounds:
- Flush-mounted storage compartment:
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Introducing the Werner ESC220 fire escape ladder, the only item in my home that I hope I never have to use, but am glad that I own. The average homeowner in all likelihood does not give much thought to house fires and the devastation they can cause. Even those that claim to be meticulous as far as safety is concerned probably only go as far as installing one or two smoke detectors throughout the home, and maybe a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.
This a good start, but you also need a plan for getting out during an emergency. This includes alternate escape routes, especially for rooms on the upper floors should the stairs become inaccessible. Enter the fire escape ladder.
If a your home is anything like mine, it has two floors with a bedroom or two on the upper level and a single staircase connecting it to the main floor. What would happen if it were blocked by a fire, could you safely make it out of a second or third-floor window, without injuring yourself, What about your kids? Before you answer that question, open a window on your upper floor, sit on the sill for a moment, and ask yourself how would you get out in an emergency. If you are still uncertain, then you may need to look into purchasing a product similar to the Werner ESC220 for your home.
What sets it apart from the competition?
During the research phase before my purchase, I was stuck with a three-way tie between this product and the First Alert EL52-2, and the Kidde KL-2S. When it came down to it, they all offered pretty much the same features, weight capacity, relative ease of deployment, length of the ladders, and the ability to be used more than once. Ultimately, what tipped the scales in favour of the Werner ESC220, was the way it was designed to be flush mounted into the wall cavity beneath the window, unlike the other two models, I mentioned that are simply kept folded in a storage case.
If I was forced to store one of the other ladders in a corner of the bedroom, it really would not be that big a deal, but my wife thought they would become an eyesore, and I hate to admit it when she is right. Eventually, it would have ended up in some dark corner of our basement. With the in wall design of the Werner model, it is hardly even noticeable, especially with the potted plant in front of it.
Simple installation – by a professional
Like the saying goes, there are no free lunches in life, and actually installing the ESC220, will probably take the average homeowner way more than the two hours mentioned in the sales literature. The process involves being able to accurately locate your wall studs, cutting a hole in the drywall for flush mounting the storage box, and all of this assumes that you have the required tools on hand.
My solution for this problem was to hire a carpenter to do it for me. I came to this conclusion when I realized that my tool kit consisted of a hammer, two screwdrivers and a roll of duct tape. It wasn’t cheap to have it done this way, but I know it was done correctly. If, however, you feel that you are up to taking on this job on your own, a very thorough instructional guide is provided along with a list of the necessary tools.
Putting my newly installed escape ladder to the test
The ladder itself was easy to deploy. You just have to remove it from its housing, roll it out the window and escape to safety. It sounds simple enough, but it was that last step of my test; the part required me to climb out of my second-floor window that was problematic. I required some sort of motivation, maybe something like my home actually being on fire, and imminent death being seconds away. Neither of which was present on that beautiful Saturday afternoon when I made this attempt.
As a compromise, I deployed the ladder and climbed up half way from the bottom. From what I could tell it felt well constructed, and I had no worries about it being able to support my load in addition to that of my wife and son, if need be. I also thought it was clever that they incorporated spacers on the side of the ladder facing the house that allow extra room on the steps for your feet.
All things considered the Werner ESC220 fire escape ladder is a very well built product, and I feel confident knowing that if the unfortunate day ever arrives when i actually need it, my family will be in good hands. Click Here For More Information.