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Jan 20 2016

WW: Break Glass to Exit

Category: Egress,Wordless WednesdayLori @ 12:34 am Comments (15)

This Wordless Wednesday photo from Scott Straton of Allegion requires a bit of explanation.  In Scott’s words…

“My niece was working out at 3:00 AM (she is an avid runner and had an early flight) at a hotel fitness room.  When she went to get a drink of water, the lock failed and she was not able to get out.  She didn’t want to wait until someone else came by or miss her flight.  She used a dumbbell to break the glass.  The other door leading to the pool appears to be keyed on both sides.  She was concerned that the hotel would charge her for the damage.”

Break Glass to Exit

15 Responses to “WW: Break Glass to Exit”

  1. Jeff Tock says:

    Where is that hotel? I’ll add it to my “Do Not Stay” list!!

  2. Louise says:

    What about the height requirement of getting under the bar?
    Lori, you and I are too tall.

  3. Jack Ostergaard says:

    Is that a Push Pad on the Pull Side? Yet another installation error?

  4. Curtis Meskus says:

    why is there a push paddle on the pull side of the door?

    when the glass broken out the opening does not meet the clear opening requirements

  5. Roger Piane says:

    As professional AHC’s we owe our community, state & country to point out deficiency on exits or fire doors. In 20 years I only had one owner of a night club all the secondary exits had dead bolts. Several of the doors the dead bolts were locked the manager would not unlock them so I had to leave. When I left the establishment the manager told me to mind my own business. Then next day I minded my own business and call the fire marshal that same day the dead bolts were removed. The fire department told me because of my knowledge of egress had I not called them it would have made me responsible if something happened. He asked me how would I live with myself if the next day people were trapped and died from smoke inhalation. Once I made a restaurant move a table blocking the emergency my wife was not impressed but our life safety was not breached.

    • Lori says:

      That’s the way I think about it – if I saw something and did nothing, I would not be able to live with myself if something happened.

      – Lori

  6. Rich says:

    I guess I don’t totally understand the way this door was supposed to work. A pull paddle on the outside would let someone in even when the door is locked. I am guessing that there is a room key/card device somewhere outside the picture to release the elec strike. There would then have to be a push paddle on the inside of the room to let you out. Those Adams Rite retractor cams do fail sometimes and the paddle would do nothing. I am thinking there is also a push paddle on the other side of the pool door to get into the exercise room and then also through the now broken door. Maybe a second exit from the pool area or you need to access the pool through this path and card device, but the pool door is locked after pool hours and the exercise room is 24 hr.

    • Lee Francisco says:

      Looks like there is an electric strike on the opening. I would guess that the normal operation of the opening is that a guest uses their room card to access the work out area. The ingress side of the opening probably has just a cylinder. Swipe your card the electric strike releases the latch and you push the door open. Egress should just be a pull of the paddle when it is functioning correctly.

  7. Nelson Dayton says:

    Here’s what I think. The door used to have a cylinder on the pull (ingress) side, and the room card was needed to operate the electric strike for entry to the fitness room. At some point they decided not to restrict entry so they installed the pull paddle to operate the latch. The push paddle inside the room probably failed and that’s why she couldn’t get out. The pool door is still restricted as you can see the lock cylinder. You can also see the push paddle on the pool side of that door for egress out of the pool.

  8. Dave Lorentzen says:

    right above the wire pull where it says EXIT or PULL on the paddle. how does it work again? hopefully the hotel didn’t charge your niece for the glass!

  9. Christoph says:

    Nice picture lol 😀
    Can’t image a hotel would charge someone for the damage, its clearly their fault, when the door locked her in…

  10. Rachel Smith says:

    Reminds me to bring my cell phone when I go into areas where I might be alone. I am surprised that there was not a house phone in the exercise area in case of a medical emergency.

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