Sometimes it’s hard to believe that this continues to happen, but I love to hear about people pushing for code-compliance and protection of building occupants. Sadly, I’m sure the locks were present for a long time before someone noticed or said something, but the good news is that they were removed before tragedy struck.
And a follow-up video:
A follow-up article is here. The locks have been removed!
The follow-up news report is here.
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Where has the Baltimore FD been? I’m sure they do inspections.
In my opinion, that’s one of the reasons the annual inspection requirements should be enforced. NFPA 101 requires annual inspection and documentation of certain egress doors, and the fire and egress door inspectors focus in on things that someone looking at the whole building might miss.
It looks like Ballemer Fire did inspect but did not follow up with another inspection to make sure it was corrected. The Principal either forgot or just didnt think it applied to his situation.
If this were a private property, somebody would have been shut down or sent to jail.
Thanks for the link SS! I added the second video to the blog post.
Unless someone with a great deal of authority speaks up about this, schools, (including universities), are not going to spend money to correct these situations.