fire escape


Definition of fire escape 

: a device for escape from a burning building especially : a metal stairway attached to the outside of a building

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For safety reasons and lack of professional skills, this toss came from the fourth floor fire escape down to the parking lot below. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Tribune sports editors reenact historic Tribune Tower baseball drop," 8 June 2018 Officers saw the suspect climb onto a fire escape at 400 Boylston St. and then enter the building through a second-floor window, police said. Emily Sweeney,, "K-9 helps nab man seen breaking into buildings on Boylston Street," 16 Apr. 2018 The weaponized silliness results in some painful pratfalls, including one character’s plunge from an apartment fire escape and, later, having a thermos of hot coffee thrown in his face. Ann Hornaday, kansascity, "A game cast makes good-natured ‘Tag’ a fun time," 14 June 2018 Not all urban critters are provoked into clambering up our fire escapes and rooting through refuse when humans come to call. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 Thirty-six people died in the building, which was cluttered and had no fire escapes or sprinklers. Otis R. Taylor Jr., San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland native’s festival feels like the Town," 14 June 2018 Mourning doves would build nests on fire escapes warped and melted by the blast. Daily Intelligencer, "This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like," 12 June 2018 If your youngster is afraid of something like an earthquake or a fire, help them focus on solutions by practicing your family’s fire escape plan or changing the batteries in the smoke alarms together. Rachel Spector, Msw, miamiherald, "Here's how to chase away your child's scary dreams | Miami Herald," 25 May 2018 To address these challenges, hotels in the U.S. are legally required to meet safety standards that include posted fire escape routes, fire doors, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, fire sprinkler systems and exit passageways. Susan Soldavin, Howard County Times, "River Hill student's paper published by major journal [Clarksville]," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of fire escape

1725, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of fire escape was in 1725

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English Language Learners Definition of fire escape

: a stairway or ladder that can be used to escape from a burning building

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Kids Definition of fire escape

: a stairway that provides a way of escape from a building in case of fire

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