An emergency escape ladder may be awkward to use, so test it out before an emergency. Once you’re done shopping for safety ladders, test it in its intended window. Have each family member place the ladder out the window and climb out. Think of it as a mini fire drill.
When storing a portable window escape ladder, keep it folded up in a box. Always place the ladder or the box near the window where you intend to use it.
We found that the Kidde KL-2S Fire Escape Ladder checked all of our boxes for the best fire escape ladder. It’s fast, strong, and affordable. While no fire safety product is guaranteed to save your life during a fire, we think this ladder will be your safest exit option from a multi-level home or apartment through an escape window.
To learn more about fire safety and prevention, visit our Fire Safety Resource Guide.
For this fire escape ladder review, we scoured hundreds of reviews from users and ratings on various websites. We also used our decades of experience as safety experts, and experience as a volunteer firefighter, to evaluate how well each product would work in a real-life fire emergency.
Here are some features we prioritized when reviewing fire ladders:
- Slip-resistant rungs
- Wide ladder rungs
- Chain- and rope-free design
- Simple ladder hooks
- Weight capacity
For more on how we review products, take a look at our Safewise methodology page.