Friday, September 20, 2019

Hausse Retractable 2 Story Home Fire Escape Ladder Review

House Fire Escape Ladder
A fire escape ladder is essential for any 2 story home, especially if the bedrooms are upstairs! 

Many homes have bedrooms upstairs. It isn't something I am particularly fond of myself. I would rather have all bedrooms on the ground level. However, I have been told that it is a simple matter of economics. It is cheaper to build up than to build a single story home with a lot of rooms. 

For some, having the bedrooms upstairs, away from the entry doors to a home, is comforting.  For others, like myself, it is a way to end up trapped in a house with no easy way out. Regardless of your home construction preference, being able to escape in a fire is always preferred.

My Own Fear of Fire

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When I was a young child, our family owned a really nice single story home that had 3 bedrooms downstairs. The girls shared a bedroom, the boys shared a bedroom, and our parents had their bedroom.  An awesome arrangement!  

When there was a fire in our home one night, we were all able to get out of the house as soon as smoke was detected, even before the fireman showed up.  I can't say that I actually remember much about that night since I was around 4 years old.  Of course, my older siblings and parents remember it well.  I've been told that our father did have to go back in through a window to carry my sister outside.  Fortunately, with all the bedroom windows being at ground level, that was easily possible.

But what if all of the bedrooms had been upstairs? 

When we moved to a new home, it was a 2 story home with all of the bedrooms upstairs.  I always feared a fire in that home and envisioned myself leaping out of the second story window to safety. As a child, I was okay with that idea.  As a adult, I can see how that was not a good escape plan.  Thankfully, I have never had to test my super leaping powers.

Be Prepared for Home Fire

 Hausse Retractable 2 Story Fire Escape Ladder, 13 FeetIt is entirely possible that my current day requirement to have a home fire ladder in every bedroom upstairs is tied to my childhood experience and subsequent plans.  Again, we have never had to use the fire ladders, but we do have them.

Being trapped upstairs during a fire would be scary, and possibly deathly.  The cost of a fire ladder is minimal when compared to the cost of a life.  For me, it is a no-brainer.  We all buy home insurance for our possessions.  Why in the world wouldn't we buy this practical use "insurance"?

Yes, I know. We ask ourselves, would we really climb down a ladder hanging from the window? I believe if we are awake and recognize we are trapped in a fire, we would grab that ladder, hang it from the window ledge, and start climbing without a second thought.  After all, it beats leaping!


Be Prepared, Not Sorry!

 Hausse Retractable 2 Story Fire Escape Ladder, 13 FeetCheck Price Hausse Retractable 3 Story Fire Escape Ladder, 25 FeetCheck Price


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  1. What a scary experience your family had, Sylvestermouse. Fire has always been the biggest danger I fear too. My fear is not from any past memory; not sure where it comes from. Anyway, I fully agree that it makes perfect sense to be prepared for any such eventuality with these fire escape ladders. A really inexpensive way to have peace of mind.

  2. Unbelievable, I was just surfing for ladders last week because it is time for a refresh! They should be required in every home, in every upstairs room. We are sensitive to this as well with a home fire in the past as well.

  3. Oh I can imagine that this would be one of the most practical and lovely gifts to give to a new home owner or someone in your family. I will have to keep this in mind for the next house warming .... For myself it would not work so well. 18 floors above the ground does not bode well.....Hummmm, something to think about! Fire is never easy to deal with especially in the home. Thankful that it worked out well for your family.

  4. What a nightmare experience you had when you were young. How awful. This ladder is an excellent suggestion. Funny you mention this now because I've been thinking safety stuff quite a bit these days. Maybe it's an age thing, lol. The ladder is certainly better than tieing sheets together!

  5. We had a similar ladder in our first two-story home. Fortunately we never had to use it. I'm not sure now what happened to it. But it was nice to know that it was available. Last year that neighborhood did have a huge wildfire threatening it and everyone was supposed to evacuate. Our tenant did just that. Now we live in a one-story home again, so we no longer need the ladder. Thank you for letting people know there is a way out when you make this small investment.

  6. I am thankful your family had a good outcome with that home fire. It seems an experience like that would leave some permanent scars in terms of either conscious, or repressed, memories and fears. I really should have one of these ladders since my bedroom is on the second story of my home. I should also have a plan for lowering my pets down a ladder. Thanks for reminding me to be prepared for this type of emergency. These fire escape ladders look really high quality.


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