Fire escape prop

Old 08-07-13, 09:24 AM
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Fire escape prop

I need to assist in build a "fire escape" prop for a school show... it will need to be about 9-10' high and 12' wide..... Needs to be deisgned so it is safe and strong but movable..... I was thinking of using 4x4 posts on each corner for strength and then some type of alluminum platforming for the landing area- not sure to be honest- looking for suggestions........ thanks
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When you say 12ft wide, I'm assuming that is wide if you are looking at it from the side?
Safe and strong... how much weight are you looking to support?

Anything of that size that would be safe and strong is going to be heavy.
Locking casters would be an idea to move it around.
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no sorry about that- 12' wide when looking from the front- about 4' deep let's say....
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Are the steps 4' wide? or 12' wide?
Old 08-07-13, 04:34 PM
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The size you mention sounds like almost a grandstand, not a fire escape.

If you build this for students to stand on it will need to be built to a specific standard and if you say "safe" I assume they will be.
This is a fairly risky thing for a volunteer to be involved in considering kid's safety is at stake.

You might want to check with the school to see what they say about liability.
The school may want either a licensed carpenter to be responsible or could even want a certified blueprint.

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