House fires can happen fast, and when they do you'll need to extinguish the flames or evacuate as quickly as possible. In the case of evacuation, the most direct route is best. On the main level, that means exiting from a front, back, or side door. On the upper levels, however, you'll need to be prepared to leave through the window. An emergency ladder can make your descent swift and safe. It attaches securely to the window frame. Once in place, the ladder's anti-slip metal rungs allow you and your family to exit and remove to a safe distance from the blaze before dialing 911. Available on Amazon; $65.99.