Until a few years ago, my room did not have a fire escape ladder on it. What makes my room somewhat special is the fact that it is on the second floor with the roof of the bungalow part of our home right beside it. Thus, if there was a way for me to escape through the window when a fire emergency occurs, I could if it had such a ladder. When I had it installed, I had fire safety signs in the house reminding my children and wife that there was a fire exit right through the master’s bedroom. Little did I know that what I was doing would be required of my scientific equipment distribution business.

As most of us already know, the Fire Safety Order (2005) was ratified in 2006 in order to lessen the frequent incidents of fires in the United Kingdom. The law required that all business establishments should be satisfactory according to the legislation via a Fire Risk Assessment. This meant that every business, office, restaurant or pretty much any commercial operation needed to have some sort of minimum requirement in terms of stocking up on fire safety equipment, fire training and drills for the employees, fire safety signs leading to the exits, etc.

One of the things I was familiar with as the fire marshall was telling me what I needed to get was a fire escape ladder. He explained that since my business was on a two floor commercial district, as the proprietor of the entire area I was required to have it installed in the case of a fire. I was happy to comply quite naturally as I made the same precautionary measures for my own home. online escape room┬áSo why shouldn’t I have one for my office indeed?

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that buying this new one from a reputable fire safety equipment dealer was less expensive than the one I had painstakingly custom made for my room. If I only knew how much I could have saved then I would have bought this very same one for my room too! In addition to that, it actually seems much more well made. It was 7.5 meters long of sturdy material – making it more than enough for a person getting down from the second floor. It was very easy to install too as the dealer was professional enough to give us detailed instructions via phone.

A fire escape ladder ensures that every person in a certain area has a quick and safe way to get down from a burning building. Based on my experience that I narrated here, it is better to get a quality ladder ready made than have one customized. Doing so makes it so much more cheaper and much safer. I am actually planning to have the one in my room replaced. Don’t forget to add the fire safety signs in your building and have a professional consultation with your local fire station in compliance with the fire safety laws of the U.K.

Bennett Glover is a professional fire safety expert and consultant for commercial businesses to help promote fire safety and awareness in the UK area. He regularly writes articles to inform the general public about the safest ways of handling fires and how to prevent them in the first place. His knowledge and expertise has earned him many writing and speaking engagements. He enjoys teaching fire safety to students, business owners, and learning institutions to help save lives.

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