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Pro Easy to climb down
The First Alert features slip-resistant, epoxy-coated rungs, steel rung stabilizers, and Dupont Cordura nylon strapping. In addition, its rungs lie flat against the wall of the building you're exiting, helping you to keep your balance as you climb down. All of these elements of the ladder's design help to ensure a safe descent.
Pro Easy to assemble
This ladder is easily deployed: you simply need to open its big velcro strap to let the rungs fall. But be careful that the rungs aren’t faced in the wrong direction as this sometimes has a tendency to happen.
Pro Rungs are less likely to cause damage to property than those of other ladders
Many fire escape ladders on the market comprise sharp metal rungs that can easily cause damage to the wall they're hung against. The rubber feet of the First Alert, however, are less likely to damage property to the same extent, if even at all.
Pro Suited to varied window sill widths
The wide sill hooks of this ladder can be used on all types of window sills, but especially those that measure 6 to 13 inches
Pro Can be reused
Unlike some of its competitors, the First Alert ladder doesn't state anywhere that the product should only be used once, meaning you and your family can practice on it before using it in emergency situations.
Pro Suitable for the home and workplace
As the First Alert is tall enough to accommodate 3-story buildings, it's a great option for families in larger homes, for low-rise apartment dwellers, or for offices that are a few stories high.
Pro Easily stored
The design of the First Alert is compact enough to allow it to be neatly stored away, either under a bed or in a closet.
At just under $60, this ladder is relatively affordable for most budgets.
The First Alert can securely hold weights of up to 1,125 lbs.
Con Not easy for kids to use
As this ladder is heavier than most of its competitors, kids may find it heavy and difficult to deploy on their own.
Con Tricky to reassemble
Though setting up the ladder is relatively straight-forward, putting it back together and in its bag is much more cumbersome.
Con Steel stabilizers could cause damage to your premises
The steel stabilizers of the First Alert require a flat surface to rest against when someone is climbing down the ladder, which may result in smashed glass if they are placed under the second-level windows.