Fire Prevention & Protection, Fireground Safety

If A Fire Starts in Your Home, Are You Prepared?

You undoubtedly hear on the news about house and apartment fires but may think it could never happen to you or your family. According to a recent National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) survey, only one in four Americans have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan. Did you know that in 30 seconds, a small flame can get out of control and turn into a major fire1, leaving family members in the upper levels of multi-story homes trapped.

To know if you are truly prepared to escape from a fire in your home, there are a few questions you can ask yourself:

  1. Does your family have a fire escape plan?
  2. Have you drawn a map of your home showing all windows and doors?
  3. Have you practiced your fire escape plan during the day and at night?
  4. Do you have a sticker on your door identifying how many people and pets reside in your dwelling?
  5. If you live in a multi-level home, do you own a fire escape ladder?
  6. Have you tested your fire escape ladder in a fire drill?

If you answered no to any of these questions, then your plan is not complete. Remember, having a plan is the first step to fire safety and being prepared in the event of an emergency.

As October is Fire Prevention Month, below is a summary of critical fire safety and escape tips to help you be prepared, courtesy of the NFPA.

  • Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  • Have an outside meeting place a safe distance from the home where everyone should meet.
  • Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
  • Practice using different ways out.
  • Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  • Close doors behind you as you leave.


Escape in 30 Seconds or Less

One important option to help your family feel confident they can escape a fire, should it strike, is having a ladder solution in place. The Werner Fire Escape Ladder helps you, and your family, escape faster than other ladders on the market. This compact, permanent escape ladder, is recessed into the interior wall beneath a second or third story window so it is always there and ready in case of an emergency. Designed with your family’s safety in mind, it has easy-to-use, child-friendly features, which are exactly what a family needs when seconds count.

Installing the Werner Fire Escape Ladder in your home means there is no more searching for a portable ladder, preparing it, and mounting it on the windowsill before you and your family can climb down to safety. With the Werner Fire Escape Ladder, just open the door, release the ladder, and escape safely.

For more information on fire safety, fire escape planning, and the Werner Fire Escape Ladder, please visit

Chris Filardi, Vice President of Marketing, WernerCo. 
With over 25-years of marketing and product development experience in the industrial/professional segment, Chris now leads Werner Co.’s global Commercial Marketing team. He started with Werner in 1999 and currently spearheads all of Werner’s marketing initiatives with a focus on driving sales through promotions, advertising, brand development, new product launches, merchandising, online and public relations. Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising from Penn State University in University Park, PA.