Bars are installed in windows so that potential intruders will not try to break into the house. These bars can, however, be a deathtrap if they cannot be quickly removed during a fire. Many people are killed or injured because they don’t know how to disengage the bars or they cannot do it quickly. Remember, people are very panicked during fires. Egress needs to be as simple as possible. The IRC is very specific about the need for a quick-release mechanism. For more information, check out our new article on window bars.
There’s no such thing as a burglar-proof home but there are some things that homeowners can do to make their homes less appealing to potential thieves. Get a dog. Don’t want to? Put up “beware of dog” signs around the yard. Get an alarm system. Don’t want to? Put up alarm stickers anyway. The house should look like it is occupied even when it isn’t. Or, you can move to Norway – they barely have any break-ins. Just don’t go to Australia if you want to keep your home safe. Inspectors should learn these tips and statistics so they can pass them onto their clients. For more inforation, take a look at our new article on burglar resistant homes.