Ensuring safety with Fire Escape Repairs and Load Testing
Delta Delta Delta Sorority gathered to take a composite photo with all 40 ladies on their fire escape in 2010. Bolts pulled out of a rotten wall, and the fire escape lurched downward. Fortunately, no one was hurt. After this, the Corvallis Fire Department enforced load testing and inspection of every fire escape in Corvallis on a five-year cycle. We also recommend bringing fire escapes up to today's building code. For example, taller handrails might have prevented the 2002 death of a Corvallis fraternity member, when he fell off of the low handrail he was sitting on.
“Since 2011, we've removed, repaired, load tested or replaced most of the fire escapes around OSU. Please call us for advice on your fire escape.”
Carl Christianson, Owner
Load Testing Fire Escapes
When a full replacement isn't practical or within your budget, we provide load testing services to prove that your fire escape will hold code-required weight. Each escape is unique, but we often test with water barrels, winches, and load cells. We always take steps to prevent a catastrophic collapse during testing. After the test, all areas of concern are fixed, such as reinforcing sagging areas by adding posts. A Fire Escape load test should occur every 5 years.
Replacing Fire Escapes
Our team includes certified welders, concrete masons, carpenters, and painters to tackle any problem. We work with a Structural Engineer and third-party inspectors to ensure proper safety and code compliance.
What our Clients are Saying
“Turning what was once a 1950's pink bathroom into an Artic Oasis was delightful for both the Client and G. Christianson Construction. ”
CARL CHRISTIANSON, SUPERINTENDENT AND OWNERSee the Modern Bathroom Oasis project
“If you are like the majority of Americans you want to continue living at home in a familiar environment throughout your maturing years. Aging-in-place means living in your home safely, independently and comfortably, regardless of age or ability level.”
National Association of Home Builders, "What is Design for Independent Living?" ArticleSee the Accessible Design/Aging in Place project
“...There was careful oversight from the project manager throughout. I would highly recommend this team for any construction needs.”
Carol & Paul Adamus, Corvallis