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Sep 28 2016
I received today’s Wordless Wednesday photo from LaForce, Inc. It was taken in a Chicago Public School.
Wow! A “death trap” for sure!
Maybe the sign should read–“EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY Alarm will sound, and you will smash your nose up against the door when the chain engages. And then you might get crushed under the weight of other onrushing school children”
Had I been the Fire Marshal or an employee of the the AHJ (Agency Having Jurisdiction), I would have ordered the school CLOSED UNTIL IT IS FIXED!!!
When I was growing up, we had enough fire drills every year that all of us knew how to get out of the building, from every conceivable point in the building, when the alarm went off. I think that, nowadays, they actually have to keep track of how much time it takes to evacuate the building. They have to get everyone out of there as quickly as possible.
When I was in my final year of school, someone lit an arson fire in the bathroom. It was the coldest day of the year. The fire alarm had activated itself (nobody had pulled it; the smoke triggered the alarm). My classmates were incredulous, but I opened the classroom door and the hallway smelled of smoke. We got into the stairwell and the air was clear. We got to the final exit door and people were milling around the door because of the cold. I yelled at them (“REAL FIRE!”) and they hurried out, my concern being those behind me being able to get out. I shudder to think of what could have happened if the exit door had been chained shut like that. Some of my classmates could have died.
You would THINK that Chicago and the Fire Prevention Bureau has learned a lesson or two (or 93-Our Lady of Angeles) with blocked exits!! (BTW…The Chicago Fire Inspector responsible for inspecting OLA lost his daughter in the OLA fire as well!!!)
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