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Pro Excellent stability
The Kidde can support up to 750 lbs of weight on one rung or 1,000 lbs when the load is distributed on more than one rung. It also features anti-slip coating on its rungs that help to make it even safer and more stable to descend.
The ladder is made of metal rungs and red nylon strap rails, all of which are resistant to flames and therefore won't melt when engulfed by fire.
Pro Easy to store
The hooks of the Kidde ladder fold down neatly into a compact package that's perfect for storage under a bed or in a closet.
Pro Comes pre-assembled
In the case of an emergency, this ladder can be deployed in seconds.
The way in which the Kidde has been designed means that when it's deployed it won't tangle, saving you a lot of time and stress in urgent situations.
At less than $30, the Kidde is very affordable, even for those on a lower budget.
Con Can only be used once
Kidde’s instructions state that the ladder should be discarded after single use and that if it's used more than once this could result in injury or death. Instead, potential buyers are encouraged to practice with the hook assembly only, without deploying the rung bundle. To this end, if you feel that practicing with the rungs is crucial prior to an actual emergency, you should purchase a second ladder for training purposes. Needless to say, this is an unnecessary expense.
Con Tricky to set up and use
Users have reported great confusion when it comes to setting up this ladder. First of all, it's initially somewhat unclear as to how the Kidde hook grabs the house, while secondly, the hook positions the rungs away from the house, making the descent more difficult.