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If you do have a fire escape you will want to check the condition of the escape during the initial home inspection, and make sure that it is not hazardous and that it will help provide a safe exit out of your houses interior. If the fire escape looks unsafe, have the owner/landlord repair it before moving into your new house. It is also a good idea to make sure you have a working fire extinguisher handy in your rental home in case of an emergency.