Advert for Spong & Co's fire escape
Medium: Print on paper
With open fireplaces in almost every room of the average house, and lighting generally provided by candle or unstable gas and oil flames, fire was a risk that the Victorians struggled to keep to a minimum. And if a fire did break out there was very little that a family could do: most homes did not even have piped water.
Having a means of escaping fire such as this rope-and-pulley device was very important, particularly as bedrooms were usually located on a house's third or fourth floor.