Security Bars Can Be Deadly!
Security bars over windows or doors can prevent escape from fire and delay firefighters' rescue attempts.
Security bars may help to keep your family safe from intruders, but they can also trap you in a deadly fire!
In April 1997, nine family members died in a house fire in E. Palo Alto, California. In February 1997, four children perished in Tampa, Florida. In December 1996, a family of five died in Bessemer, Alabama, and five Los Angeles children lost their lives. This is only a sampling of the total, yet in all of these incidents, security bars on windows and locked doors prevented escape from the fire and also inhibited firefighters' rescue attempts.
Security bars on doors and windows must have quick release devices to allow them to be opened immediately in an emergency.
These devices operate from the inside and allow the bars to be opened for emergency escape without compromising the security of your home. The quick release devices should be easy to operate without the use of a key, detailed knowledge or great physical effort. Make sure everyone in the family understands and practices how to properly operate and open locked or barred doors and windows.
If you have security bars without quick-release devices, remove or replace them. Don't wait until it's too late!