GR Zechman of Allegion sent me this Wordless Wednesday photo, after trying to exit through this door and stopping to investigate why the door wouldn’t open. As I told GR, this photo literally brought tears to my eyes, in part because I think about the “what-ifs” and in part because I feel like I can bang my head against the wall for the rest of my career and we’ll still see egregious situations like this.
Today I am thankful that we have enforceable codes, code officials to enforce them, and a code development process to allow for constant improvement. Wishing all of you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Umm, NO, I’m going through the door!
Maintenance!, clean up at the exit door please.
“Sometimes I bang my head against a wall, just to feel how good it is when I stop.” I love the work you are doing with the codes, pictures and comments so don’t stop. Is there some additional way the resources directed to you in picture and text could become part of wider exposure to the public? This information you present should be in the hands and used by fire chiefs, fire inspection official, the men on the trucks, city code officials, building owners and their maintenance people just as easily as we who get your information on the internet. Examples are really powerful.
I used to teach Hospital employees building fire safety. It seemed like I was always fighting with people who did not want to make the effort to open or unlatch a door. I used the example of a Minneapolis fire to drive home the point about stairwell doors back when this was not as well regulated as it is today.
One winter evening on December 23, 1956, a fire broke out in a live Christmas tree at the ground level lobby of a 5 floor hospital. It quickly engulfed the lobby which in that era had some combustible paneling. There was an uninformed practice of blocking open all stair tower doors from the lobby to the 5th floor. Smoke billowed up the open stairwell and onto the patient floors. Staff on the second, fourth and fifth floors rushed to get the stair doors closed as smoke billowed out. The nurse on 3rd floor who went to close the 3rd floor door fell, fractured her skull. All 7 fatalities occurred on third floor. Twelve patients had to be evacuated by Fire Department using ladders covered with ice from the sleet storm in progress. “What has happened can happen again”.
Hi Jerry –
I do have quite a few readers who are code officials and facility managers, but I’m not sure how to reach the masses more effectively. Any ideas?
Well look at that yet another all time blatant disregard for the safety of everyone concerned…” Somebody’s gonna get a hurting” in the words of comedian Russel Peters ….
We had a similar “fix” installed by a contractor in our school district although in our case it wasn’t a deliberate disabling of the bar.
The installer didn’t have a proper channel in his aluminum frame to clear the latch on a Von Duprin 98 panic. Rather than fix the frame he slipped a machine screw into the mechanism to prevent the latch from extending fully. This didn’t pose so much of a life safety risk as a security risk, as the latch just entered the strike by the smallest of margins.
Did someone actually drill the hole to drop that bolt thru? I don’t recall seeing a latch with a hole in it there. Dangerous is right. I can only guess they did this so an actual slide bolt wouldn’t be visible in a casual inspection… It is unfortunate that so many retail establishments have to secure exit doors due to how many thieves there are out there.
Yes – I think someone must have drilled that hole through the latchbolt. 🙁