Did you know that modern fire escapes owe their existence to a woman? At a time before women were allowed to vote or even work outside the home, Anna Connelly was one of the first women to submit an idea to the patent office. he first steel exterior staircase, predecessor of the modern fire escape, was patented by an American inventor named Anna Connelly. She was one of the first women to register a patent for an invention after the Civil War, when women were finally allowed to file patents for themselves.
Connelly’s design was a revolutionary way to make buildings safer by adding an exterior staircase with platforms between levels that prevented people from falling several stories down a flight of stairs in the panic of an emergency. his design also enabled fire fighters to more effectively target
fires by allowing them to haul water to specific areas of the structure, which decreased the personal risk to the fire fighters and allowed then to battle the blaze more quickly. Connelly’s design was also a very cost effective strategy for improving public safety. Because the staircases were added to the exterior of the building, there was no need for costly building remodeling. Her invention led to the first building codes in New York City requiring a second means of egress for people to escape buildings in a an emergency. Anna Connelly, one of America’s first female inventors, is directly responsible for saving the lives of thousands of people for nearly 150 years. EAST Coast ire Escapes continues to preserve and protect these historic structures as well as protecting public safety. Having your fire escape inspected is the first step in safeguarding your building. East Coast Fire Escapes provides all services regarding fire escapes; inspections, repairs, load tests, and scrape and paint. Call them get an estimate for your fire escape today.
– Jane Tennant
Certifying fire escapes with a focus on your safety in the event of an emergency.
East Coast Fire Escapes is one of the Eastern Seaboard’s leading fire escape companies that can take care of all your fire escape needs. Whether you have received a violation from the city or just want to make sure your fire escape is safe, East Coast Fire Escapes is ready to help make a complicated process easy and affordable. Our team is knowledgeable and has over ten years’ experience working in the industry. Our goal is to keep every fire escape in safe working order and to assist building and homeowners through the process of repairing and maintaining their fire escapes.