Risks of an Unmaintained Fire Escape

There are a little over 7.5 million people who call the Bay Area home. Of them, millions hang their hats in a building with a fire escape. On a typical day, most of those apartment residents don’t give their fire escape much thought. When the worst happens, however, and a roaring fire is blocking their […]

The Evolution of Fire Safety Laws

There are so many fire safety laws that now exist in locations across the country, both on local and federal levels. Many fire codes were put into place in the wake of deadly fires that taught cities a lot about how they needed to design their structures and what types of fire safety code updates […]

The Origins of Fire Escape Structures Outside Buildings

Have you ever looked at fire escape structures on the outside of buildings and wonder how they came to be standard on large buildings across the country? It may seem obvious to have some extra form of escape in the event a fire blocked off staircases, but buildings were not always built with exterior fire […]

What Is a Party Fire Balcony, and Why Is It Unsafe?

As a building is constructed, the architect, contractor and owner will discuss the various options for every part of the space. From the smallest thing, such as the sink faucets, to major components, such as elevators, there’s always a lot to consider for a building. This is also true for fire escapes. There are types […]

Building Owners Are Liable for Fire Escapes That Cause Injury

As a property owner, there are dozens of codes, laws and regulations that must be met and maintained to ensure the safety of building occupants. This is particularly true for the mechanisms in place to assist people in the case of an emergency, such as a fire. While often overlooked, fire escapes are a top […]