Change is Good

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of change; I like predictability. I know that might surprise some of you, but I’m more apt to live by the old adage, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” In case some of you are change-averse like me, I want to tell you about a change that is happening today.

By |2017-07-11T09:29:06-04:00July 11th, 2017|General Info, News|5 Comments

Grenfell Tower Fire, London

While the exterior cladding on the building is being investigated for its contribution to the blaze, there are also news reports where witnesses are quoted as saying that the door leading to the apartment of fire origin was left open. This undoubtedly impacted the egress routes...

By |2017-06-17T14:08:43-04:00June 19th, 2017|FDAI, Fire Doors, News|4 Comments

I’m not in a ditch. :)

I've been having some technical difficulties which affected the website and my email, and several people have contacted me to say (as my mother would say), "I'm worried that you are in a ditch somewhere!"

By |2016-10-19T00:07:50-04:00October 18th, 2016|News|0 Comments

DHI Member Spotlight: ME!

I'm not a spotlight-seeker...when I was growing up, I wanted to be a back-up singer - not the headliner. But there's a member-spotlight article about me in this month's issue of Doors & Hardware that I feel like I should save for posterity (and Mom). I even got a new head shot...

By |2019-09-21T11:10:13-04:00September 6th, 2016|News|24 Comments

Thank You!!!

To celebrate some exciting milestones and the 7-year anniversary of iDigHardware, we’re giving away a $100 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner every day for 7 days!

By |2016-07-14T12:53:43-04:00July 14th, 2016|News|17 Comments

Code Jeopardy!

If you'll be attending the conference, I hope to see you in some of our sessions - 3 of the Code Jeopardy classes are more "basic" (but very educational!) questions, and 3 classes have "advanced" questions (on need-to-know topics!). This is a fun way to learn about codes - yes, I said "FUN!"

By |2017-10-26T12:51:08-04:00April 26th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Close the Door on Fire

After yesterday's discussion in the comments about the lack of feasibility of annual fire door inspections, I think it's time for a reminder of how much protection a closed door can be during a fire. While inspecting all of the existing fire doors may seem like an insurmountable task...

By |2016-02-05T00:14:52-05:00February 4th, 2016|Fire Doors, News|2 Comments

School Fire in Bethel, Alaska

Nobody ever thinks it will happen to them...a fire in their home, school, or workplace. But according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 5,690 structure fires in educational properties between 2007 and 2011. I've written many times about how important it is...

By |2016-06-01T13:47:30-04:00December 14th, 2015|Fire Doors, News|2 Comments

‘Borderline national crisis’ in fire safety, says BWF-CERTIFIRE chairman

This press release is from UK-based BWF Certifire, but the US faces the same fire door problems that are endangering building occupants every day. Kudos to BWF Certifire for raising awareness of the value of fire doors...we NEED a similar program in the US, but who is willing to take it on? Scroll down for an informative video produced by the British Woodworking Foundation...

By |2015-11-30T12:04:28-05:00November 30th, 2015|Fire Doors, News, Videos|3 Comments

Landlord Jailed for Door Failure

Jay Liptrot is a Wales landlord, and ironically - a firefighter, who failed to install a fire door assembly to protect an apartment where 2 adults and 3 children died in a tragic act of arson. Although he was originally charged with manslaughter, his charge was reduced and he was convicted and sentenced to 15 months in prison...

By |2017-08-13T08:49:06-04:00November 24th, 2015|FDAI, Fire Doors, News|2 Comments

Classroom Barricade Follow-Up

A few weeks ago I mentioned that there would be a meeting with the Ohio Board of Building Standards to discuss the proposed code language allowing classroom barricade devices. Quite a few of you left comments, and like me, most felt that the proposed language does not go far enough to keep teachers and students safe...

By |2016-04-26T20:05:41-04:00November 17th, 2015|News, School Security|0 Comments

Closed Door Follow-Up

On Tuesday I posted some news reports about the effects of a closed door during a fire. NBC-5 has released a follow-up story on the fact that national fire safety organizations have not been including the message to sleep with your bedroom door closed in their educational materials...

By |2015-12-16T09:59:56-05:00November 12th, 2015|Fire Doors, News, Videos|2 Comments

Need CEUs? Training Alert!

On Thursday, November 12, my coworker (and old college friend!), Bill Lawliss, will be conducting webinars at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Eastern. Bill will cover Basic Hardware - products used to hang, secure, control, and protect the door. The webinar offers 1 CEU for AIA members and there is no charge to attend the class.

By |2015-10-29T13:35:33-04:00October 29th, 2015|Back-2-Basics, News|2 Comments

Baltimore DHI Show, Then and Now

Last week I published a blog post on my excitement about the upcoming CoNEXTions event, which was cancelled later that day because of ongoing civil unrest in Baltimore. I received the Karpen Steel newsletter today which shares Rachel Smith's perspective, and I asked for permission to share this letter here...

By |2015-05-06T13:39:55-04:00May 5th, 2015|Doors & Frames, News|4 Comments