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.