Photo Credit: Alex Mead
Featured on this building is a moderately tall fire escape in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Fire escapes like this one are used as a second safe exit for occupants to leave in case of a fire. One advantage of a fire escape exit from a burning building is moving the people away from the noxious smoke created by building fires. Smoke, which causes people to asphyxiate, is responsible for many of the deaths associated with fires today.