Fire Escape Ladders: Self Help is the Best Help!

Joseph Winters invented the fire escape ladder in 1878. Designed for the Pennsylvania city of Chambersburg, this heavy ladder had to be hoisted with the help of a wagon. The initial ladders were employed by fire engines. As the number of floors in buildings gradually increased, metal ladders came to be attached outside the windows to facilitate easy escape during emergencies. Sometime later, portable ladders were introduced and these...

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