Our Fire-Escape Awnings are constructed using exactly the same method as our Walkway Awnings, utilising our standard anodised aluminium Dutch Blind extrusion which is run through a bending machine to form the correct radius for the eliptical or semi-circular bends that are used to cover the width of the fire-escape stairway, usually with a slight overlap. These radius frames are fixed to the lateral rails that run from top to bottom of the fire-escape, most often incorporating a crank or right angle turn at the half-landing midway down the flight. The structure is normally pre-fabricated in sections in our factory and transported to site only partially covered in fabric. Erection on site is normally by attaching steel posts to the sides of the fire-escape structural steelwork, attaching the frame sections to these posts and joining all the corners together with additional extrusion, then covering the final panels in with fabric using a portable compressor and staple gun. The valance is then attached all round the base frame last of all. These Fire-Escape Awnings are not generally designed to look attractive. They are most often installed on the instructions of the regional Fire Safety Officer who would be looking at the health and safety aspect of potentially evacuating an upper storey building such as a night club, in the dark and in the rain. The awning will provide adequate weather protection so as to reduce the effect of slipping in the wet. As fire-escapes are very often sited in the far corner of a back yard, by far the most popular colour for the awning is black. So not all awnings have to be brightly coloured and attractive. Some are simply borne out of pure functionality.
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