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Jul 21 2017

FF: Mall Exit

Category: Egress,Fixed-it Friday,Panic HardwareLori @ 12:23 am Comments (0)

Why is it that when something goes wrong with the existing hardware, some facilities use the hardware equivalent of a band-aid rather than repairing or replacing the hardware?  I know it may be cheaper, or easier to procure, or may be perceived as proving a higher level of security, but is it worth the risk?

Thank you to LocksRus for today’s Fixed-it Friday photo of an exit in a mall corridor.

Jul 20 2017

Why two-operation release is not an option – Joseph Hendry Jr., PSP, CLEE

Category: Egress,Guest Post,School SecurityLori @ 12:19 am Comments (1)

Last month, I wrote about a proposed change to NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code, that would allow two operations to release the latch on existing doors.  At NFPA’s technical meeting, the NFPA voters chose to maintain the current requirement of one operation, rather than approving the change to two operations.  Shortly after the vote, two appeals were filed, attempting to overturn the one-operation language that was approved at the technical meeting, in favor of allowing two releasing operations.  I have been hoping to share those appeals with you here, but they have not been posted on NFPA’s website yet.  As soon as I can share them, I will.

Meanwhile, Joseph Hendry Jr., PSP, CLEE has written the guest blog post below, to share his experience in law enforcement regarding human behavior in an emergency.  This relates directly to the question of whether NFPA 101 should continue to limit egress doors to one releasing operation or should allow two operations to release the latch.  Thank you Joe!


Why two-operation release is not an option – Joseph Hendry Jr., PSP, CLEE

For the past several years I have trained civilians and law enforcement officers in active-threat response and achieved board certification from ASIS International as a Physical Security Professional. I have seen thousands of individuals respond to stress in training. As an instructor, it is imperative to study human response in scenarios and correlate it with what medical studies are saying about brain processing under stress. The reason that two-operation release should not be an option is a very simple one. Science.

I have observed civilians, law enforcement, and military personnel – in training – overcome with stimulus that renders their abilities to act and react impossible. They cannot grasp with their hands, accurately shoot, identify targets or speak. In fact, highly trained personnel cannot shoot accurately when a small Nerf ball is thrown at their face, even if they know it is a Nerf ball, that it will not hurt them, and they have been instructed to stay on target and not move. Their brain simply will not let them.

Extensive brain studies by Dr. Earl K. Miller, PHD, Picower Professor of Neuroscience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, show that humans have no ability to multitask. This should heavily influence our analytical thought process when considering how to look at this issue.  While many focus on the amygdala, which warns of danger, Dr. Miller focuses his studies on the prefrontal cortex, which processes the danger. Read More

Jul 19 2017

WW: Essence Superlounge

Category: Egress,News,Wordless WednesdayLori @ 12:18 am Comments (1)
Share  “At around 8:45 p.m., Captain Michael Flot of the New Orleans Fire Department faced an angry crowd of hundreds outside of the Essence Superlounge to tell them they would not be able to see Xscape that night.  ‘This is the worst I’ve ever seen it,’ Flot said.”  “You wouldn’t catch me in the middle of a crowd this tight, even if Elvis had NOT left the building,” said Lori Greene.  “Nope. No way. Never.”

This article has more photos and information.  Great job by the police and fire department.  There were reports of fights and “pandemonium.”  Potential tragedy averted.  What if the egress doors on this venue were equipped with some of the typical Wordless Wednesday or Fixed-it Friday “solutions”?  Identify your exit route before you need it.


In case you missed it, some of the best (worst) Wordless Wednesday photos EVER were posted on Monday.  I couldn’t wait until Wednesday.

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