Every day I find a new excuse to avoid reading and writing about smoke doors. I swear I’ll get back to them, but as construction gets rolling again we’re getting really busy.
My latest excuse arrived via email this morning. Some of my friends just went to Paris, and one of them sent me a photo that she took for me inside the Notre Dame Cathedral. As code issues go, it’s a common application, although it looks like a plastic chain which would discourage use of the doors without actually preventing egress. But what’s amazing is that I have now begun to convert my friends into people who look at doors. Imagine if everyone knew that egress doors have to allow free egress, and fire doors have to be self-closing and self-latching. The world would be a better place!
As you travel this summer, send me photos of interesting doors that you see (and help me avoid researching smoke doors indefinitely! ) 🙂 Maybe I’ll order some idighardware key chains or bumper stickers to send out as thank-you’s.
Thank you to my friend Gia for sending this photo. 🙂
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I witnessed the exact same pair of doors while visiting ND several YEARS ago. ‘how incredibly unsafe is this’ I thought. in such a popular site as this beautiful cathedral no less. ‘what are they thinking’?. yes, it keeps people from entering thru these most likely unattended doors, however in case of egress, nobody can use these. I am guessing there are other pairs of doors in the facility chained like this. not good