Securing Your Rooftop and Fire Escape

by February 25, 2009 at 8:11 pm 3,013 2 Comments

Borderstanians: The following information on securing rooftop hatches and skylights, and fire escapes is from Police Service Area (PSA) 208. The following information is also in a PDF, which includes illustrations.


Disclaimer from PSA 208: The following information was collected via open sources for educational purposes only. The information, as seen below, is intended to provide suggestions concerning the following subject matter. Any portion whether in part or whole is not intended to supplement a professional’s opinion or advice on the following subject matter.

Securing Skylights and Rooftop Hatches

  • Skylights that don’t allow access via external entrance (rooftop).
  • Wire glass is always a good choice:
    •  Wire glass contains a wire mesh embedded within the glass to avoid shattering when broken.
  • Install metal bars on skylights.
  • Securing the window with an internal locking device (key optional).
  • Alarms can be installed:
    • Either via security system:
      • Ensure to poster advertisement on window.
      • Use several safeguards:
        • Shock
        • Break in circuit
        • Motion.
    • A battery charged isolated alarm:
      • Loud noise emanates from device once seal is broken.
    • Internal window lock and alarm.
    • Most of these items can be purchases at hardware stores or via home security provider.

Examples of skylights, hatches, and locking mechanisms: View illustrations in PDF.

Securing a Fire Escape

  • Never leave fire escape access stairs down.
  • Secure fire escape in up position off the ground (avoid giving adverse subject access to your building).
  • Don’t use it unless emergency (don’t get in routine of using this for normal entrance and exit into building).
  • Don’t use fire escape as balcony or for leisure purposes.
  • Inform other building tenants not to use fire escape unless emergency.
  • Check to ensure fire escape has not been moved to down position.
  • Inform neighbors when doing home repairs that requires roof access.
  • Don’t give access to construction workers or repair people unless needed and approved.


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