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Nov 11 2012

Providence School Inspections (and more)

Category: Egress,FDAI,Fire Doors,News,VideosLori @ 11:19 pm Comments (7)

Although the schools in Providence, Rhode Island, are supposed to be inspected by code officials annually, some had not been inspected for 10 YEARS.  I wonder how many public schools are in the same boat?

From News 10

In other news, a 2nd/3rd grade class at St. Theresa’s School got stuck in their classroom and the door couldn’t even be opened by 7 firefighters.  No word on the cause, but the 23 trapped kids did eventually make it to the restroom.

From the Brantford Expositor

But wait!  There’s more!

Firefighters free girl’s arm from school door – The Telegraph

Eichen said the girl had propped open the door and was holding it for other students to go through when her elbow slipped behind the U-shaped lever and got stuck. He said the girl tried for five minutes to free herself, and when a teacher discovered she was stuck, school officials called 911.

Three fire code violations found in former PNC Bank building –

Listed as violations of the city fire prevention code are:

• Fire-rated door at the first-floor front stairwell would not close by itself, as is required.
• Fire-rated doors at the third-floor front stairwell and third-floor front lobby “are damaged and would not self close.”
• A fire-rated door, which is required along the first-floor corridor, has been removed.

Off with their heads! Thief scales gates into Tower of London and steals keys to the drawbridges before fleeing in extraordinary security blunder – Daily Mail

The bunch of keys which unlock drawbridges, were in a metal box which was meant to have been securely locked, the Sun reported.  As a result of the embarrassing security blunder the locks had to be changed, at an estimated cost of thousands of pounds.

7 Responses to “Providence School Inspections (and more)”

  1. anon says:

    “the door couldn’t even be opened by 7 firefighters.”
    They should have called the custodian.
    Seriously, don’t these classrooms have connecting doors?

    • Lori says:

      The classroom had a sliding door that had been sealed shut and painted over. Now you’ve got me wondering…are the connecting doors for convenience or an egress requirement?

      • anon says:

        I thought unless the building is sprinklered, the connecting doors allow occupants to pass through rooms to get you onto the otherside of fire doors and/or smoke partitions.

        • Lori says:

          That’s probably true. It’s been a while since I worked on an unsprinklered school but the connecting doors still seem to be pretty common.

  2. Cda says:

    Not normally

    Would go back to ahj or size of room

  3. Ken says:

    The three school districts in Florida my kids went to or my girlfriend works in, connecting doors are not common. One district did have some rooms with an outside door. Most were new buildings under 12 years old.

  4. Tom Breese says:

    Unfortunately, an economic decision in lots of modernization programs out here in CA. Exstg classrooms have sliding partition doors that were largely unused and/or in disrepair, so they’re left in place but sealed shut — bldg code had changed since original construction, the classroom entry doors would have to be fitted with ‘expensive’ panic hardware due to occupant capacity of the large room when the partition is folded/retracted. I’m thinking that panic hardware wouldn’t have failed like this classroom’s lockset apparently did.

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