Ready Retrofit: An escape ladder hidden under a window sill.

While it’s a good idea for people in upstairs bedrooms to have a collapsible fire escape ladder at hand, it can be difficult to find and deploy it quickly in a smoke-filled home,media reported. This is the design source for the permanent attached escape ladder Rescue Ready Retrofit. Developed by Virginia firefighters and caregivers Brett Russell and Eric Hartsfield, the device allows users to change the wood strips under the bedroom windows directly into an escape ladder.

Ready Retrofit: An escape ladder hidden under a window sill.

It is reported that its anchor splints must be bolted to the plaster or plasterboard under the plaster studs.

While there are other permanent attached fire ladders on the market, most of them require a recessed divider, which requires a professional to cut through the wall.

Ready Retrofit: An escape ladder hidden under a window sill.

By contrast, once The Rescue Ready Retrofit is installed, the ladder will only need to replace the falling wooden trim with a molded plastic strip. In the event of a fire, the decorative plastic cover on the outside can be quickly opened and the life-saving ladder can be thrown out of the window.

Ready Retrofit: An escape ladder hidden under a window sill.

The ladder consists of a 5052-aluminum ladder and anti-slip coating, as well as nylon straps. The current version is approximately 13 feet long (4 meters) long, meets ASTM (American Association of Tests and Materials) standards and supports over 750 pounds (340 kg) of weight. Currently, it can only be used on two floors, but a longer version is under development and could be used in a three-story home in the future.

The product, which costs $179, is not expected to start shipping until the end of the year.