The Springfield Fire Department, courtesy of a FEMA grant, have escape ladders available for some Springfield area residents for free.
The ladders are designed to provide homeowners with a safe way of escape should a fire break out on a home’s first level while the residents are asleep in a second floor bedroom.
In a previous OI story, Springfield Fire Chief David Pennington told OI about the importance of smoke detectors in homes, which also applies to escape ladders for two-story homes.
“From the moment a fire starts, you have three minutes to get out of your house, and that’s even if you’re asleep,” Pennington told OI. “The clock starts when the fire starts.”
To qualify for the free ladder:
You must live in a two-story home.
You must live in Zone 1 or Zone 2 in Springfield.
You have to meet with fire department staff for 30 minutes to talk about an escape plan for the home, learn how to use the ladder and go over general fire safety.
If you qualify and are interested in the free escape ladder, contact the Springfield Fire Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 417-874-2380.