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May 11 2012

Prevention Points: Ripped from the Headlines

Category: Egress,Fire DoorsLori @ 4:21 pm Comments (4)

Sometimes I feel like maybe I’m a little *too* passionate (borderline weird) when it comes to doors and their code issues.  Today I struggled with whether or not to call the fire marshal regarding the indoor playground I posted about earlier in the week.  At the urging of some AHJs in other parts of the country, I did.  It feels like tattle-taling, but I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if something happened.  It probably won’t, but what if?

This afternoon I enjoyed an article written by someone who feels like I do about fire prevention and education – Daniel Byrne.  I could hear his passion for building safety as I read.  When I emailed him to ask for his thoughts on fire and egress door inspection, he got right back to me.  I love being able to connect with like-minded people, including code officials.  They’re such a great source of information and experience.

I think you will all enjoy reading Daniel’s article on

Prevention Points: Ripped from the Headlines

Reading the news headlines of 2011, I have to wonder if we in the fire service have learned anything; especially after recently learning that the buildings which claimed the lives of two of our brothers in Chicago and another in Worcester had outstanding codes violations – “Charges Against Owner of Building in Chicago LODDs” and “Building Where Mass. Firefighter Died Had Violations.” Reading these stories is like hearing an ominous voice booming from the shadows foretelling of disaster if we do not take heed!  A voice that becomes more mocking with each article:

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4 Responses to “Prevention Points: Ripped from the Headlines”

  1. Brad Keyes says:


    You never have to defend yourself when you do the right thing. Building safety is often overlooked by everyone, including AHJs. Calling deficiencies to their attention helps them to be better in the future.

    In this business, education is on-going. If anyone ever thinks they have learned it all, then it’s time for that person to retire. We need people who have a desire to continuously learn, and you’re setting the right example that all of us need.

    • Lori says:

      Remember you said that when an irate business owner burns my house down and I need a place to stay!

  2. Rachel Smith says:

    Yeah Lori for doing the right thing!

  3. B. Holt says:

    I agree with Brad Keyes, you don’t have to defend yourself for doing the right thing. And, Lori, it is refreshing to see someone who is truly passionate about job. Keep up the good fight!

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