An attic ladder (US) or loft ladder (UK) is a retractable ladder that is installed into the floor of an attic and ceiling of the floor below the attic. They are used as an inexpensive and compact alternative to having a stairway that ascends to the attic of a building. Also, Fire departments carry attic ladders on fire apparatus for use to locate and extinguish fires in attic spaces.
Typical models have a drawstring that hangs down to allow the ladder to be extended. Attic ladders are usually made of wood, metal, aluminum, or fiberglass.
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