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Feb 22 2017
Tim Weller of Allegion sent me this Wordless Wednesday photo. I have nothing to say about it. I’m just going to cry now.
They could have at least put a frame around the exit sign!!!
Is that a crowd control strap across the door?
Besides Blocking the Egress. What’s that Horizontal Bar across the Door-Way?
Does that Lock the Door?
I don’t see any other Locking Hardware.
I am just Speechless!!!
I can’t tell exactly what the horizontal bar is…sometimes facilities use a strap to deter egress, sometimes they use a bar that actually prevents the doors from being opened. Either way, it’s not code-compliant!
Is that also a barricade device on it also?
I can’t tell exactly what it is, but it shouldn’t be there!
Crazy! Once you get past the merchandise there’s a steel bar/tube across the opening, probably has a padlock “securing” it. Hey! Has anyone seen the key to the padlock?
The egress olympics. Jump the hurdles, duck the limbo bar, and voila you’re free. 🙂
One evening, years ago, I got a call to accompany the Fire Chief to the University. When we arrived at the athletic field house, we found the high school State A basketball tournament in progress. We immediately noticed of 9 of 10 side by side fire door pairs that were the common exit were chained and padlocked. No one representing the University could be found. We could find no one present in charge who took our demand to take the chains off seriously. Finally, one of the tournament organizers stepped forward but he did not know who put the chains in place so there was no key.
We stepped into the auditorium and found that on the bleachers, every aisle was clogged with people sitting on the stairs. There were people sitting between the first bleacher and the court. All passageways at the ends of the court had standing room only crowds. So, the Chief said to the organizer: “If those chains are not off in 5 minutes, I will go out onto the court and announce: ‘We have to clear the building in an orderly manner without any panic due to a safety issue not involving a fire, take your coats.'”
Once we had created an attitude of proper concern and it was obvious no one had the keys, we cut the chains off with a large bolt cutter kept in the Chief’s car. The following days, the University put guidelines in place that assured that someone from their building group was always at any event of a similar nature. During the following 20 years, we never encountered something similar up there. Incidentally, we answered a fire call about 2 months after the incident above to a fairly significant fire in one of the large locker rooms that did cause a general evacuation during an basketball game. No chains!
Wow! What a story!
Great story Jerry. Thanks for sharing that one. As a School District locksmith I am constantly badgering school staff about similar but usually not as egregious violations. Just today I stepped into a drama classroom with racks of clothing, empty boxes and a workbench in front of the fire exit. They are on spring break but their administration will be getting an strongly worded e-mail before they return.
I would have called the police in, shut the game down in mid progress and sent every one home…
the doomkopf who let it slide could be lambasted the next business day by the university president ~
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