Fire Escape Load Tests Explained

What is a Fire Escape Load Test? Often our clients come to us because a town or state official has requested that a load test be performed on their fire escape system. But what does a load test for a fire escape entail? If you have been asked to get a load test done on your fire escape, you probably have questions as to what that involves. A load test is a performance test that will help determine the integrity of your fire escape. During a load test, your fire escape will be tested with the legally required load, or

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How to keep your fire escape safe in the winter

We have covered several topics on fire escape safety and maintenance so far. Typically, we have focused on what a professional contractor can do to keep your fire escape system safe. However, there are several things that you can do as the homeowner to help maintain your fire escape. Do not use your fire escape for storage or decoration One of the most common issues we encounter is that residents will often use their fire escape as storage or even as an outside living space. All too often do we see residents that have put their grills and furniture on

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Which contractors can work on your fire escape?

(844) MAX-FIRE Facebook Which types on contractors can work on your fire escape? So far, we’ve covered a lot about fire escape safety and fire escape maintenance. There has been a lot of information to take in and a lot of things to worry about when you need to have your fire escape serviced or inspected. So now, we’ll look at several types of firms that you can hire to service your fire escape. The Ironworker One of the first type of contractor you may think of to use is an ironworker. Ironworking is one of the oldest professions

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Is My Fire Escape Safe?

By now you know that most fire escape systems you see today are decades old. While many people may assume the owners of these systems followed a proper maintenance schedule, the facts is that most fire escapes are not properly maintained and many may be unsafe

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Fire Escape Safety

Fire Escape Safety Why do I need an engineer to say my fire escape is safe? Around 2011, the International Fire Code was changed. This new and updated code now requires that all fire escapes need to be painted and inspected every five years. The driving force behind the update of the code is that fire escapes are aging, and in order to keep them safe a routine fire escape inspection and painting program is necessary. Fire escapes are an essential aspect of ensuring you and your occupants are safe. Unfortunately the fact remains that many of the fire escapes

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Fire Escape Failure

When fire escapes fail, the results can be catastrophic. Stanley Forman’s infamous fire escape collapse photo showcases just how deadly fire escape failure can be. So what causes fire escapes to fail?

What Causes Fires Escapes to Fail?​
The main cause of fire escape failure is water and temperature. As we’ve discussed previously, all fire escapes are made from noncombustible materials and most are made with steel. Steel is subject to rusting. The rust will cause the steel to deteriorate and in many cases delaminate.

Delamination occurs when the layers of steel separate from each other. This separation greatly weakens

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