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With July 4th around the corner, I start thinking about fire.  I like fire when it’s for roasting marshmallows or when it’s a mile up in the sky and colorful.  But fire in the house.  Not pretty.   When there’s fire in the house, the only thing to do is get out.  

There are several variations of home fire escape ladders on the market.  Many of them consist of rope or metal ladders attached to grappling hooks.  Some are made up of telescoping extensions.  And some, such as the Escape Ladder designed by Nora Flood, fold out of cases.

Winner of the 2009 International Housewares Association (IHA) Student Design Competition, the Escape Ladder is inspired by Ms. Flood’s mother’s fear of house fires.  Her efforts gained her a $2,400 prize as well as an all expense paid trip to the IHA show.

What makes her design so unique?

It has to do with weight, size, and the manner in which it attaches to the window frame.  The Escape is light, making it easy to carry.  It folds into a compact size for easy storage.  But most importantly, it attaches over the window frame—not the windowsill.

Window frames are of different sizes, and the Escape can be adjusted to fit whatever frame size the user encounters when escaping from a residential inferno.

As of this writing, Nora Flood’s Escape Ladder had yet to find a manufacturer.  But we hope that it will, because we here at Fix-It-Yourself are huge fans of home safety!  Read more here about how to avoid home fires.

by John Barker

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