Smoke inhalation is the primary cause (50%-80%), of fire related deaths, and kills more people than burns.
Smoke inhalation kills in just a few minutes and also quickly obscures vision, burns your respiratory tract, and creating disorientation that can prevent a safe escape. Within 1-2 minutes a room will be engulfed in poisonous smoky air. Just two or three breaths and you can pass out, leading to rapid death.
A usable escape route must not only be free of fire – it must also be free of smoke. Unfortunately, it is a fact that fire in a hallway area can block access to the escape route. A smoky escape route is a bad escape route.
In multi-story homes, bedrooms are generally upstairs, and when fires occur on the ground floor, it is, in many cases, impossible to escape that way.
With foldaway fire ladders, like the Safer Escape ladder, mounted in the right places, there will always be safe escape routes, at a fraction of the cost of a real fire escape.