Whether you are occupying a building of several stories for the purposes of carrying out your business, or living in an apartment complex, there are usually navigable escape networks in place to help deal with emergencies such as fires, break-ins, acts of terrorism and personal crises, among others. This is generally mandated by law and instigated, or recommended, by the insurance handlers underwriting the buildings.
On most occasions, the responsibility will lie with the landlord or property owner to provide the correct security and escape infrastructure on behalf of his tenants. It is not even worth mentioning those property owners who have come to be regarded as slumlords, but somewhere along the line, you as a tenant, still need to take personal or commercial responsibility. For instance, it can happen that a fire is so extreme that existing routes and tools to aid escape have been exhausted.
There is no way that you would want to be stranded and endanger yourself. So, after all other escape possibilities have been exhausted, this is the fire escape ladder you will be using. It is called a rescue ladder for good reason and it is a portable easy to store device that allows you to take personal control for you and your business’s immediate circumstances. You do not need to wait for help to arrive and could even end up saving other lives.
But let us not get too carried away at this point in time. You will still be required to obey and follow the installed fire escape rules as per those laid down by the property owner, the building regulator and the drills being carried out at regular intervals.