Illustration - NFPA

Other blog posts about home safety:

  1. Can you access or exit a bedroom through another bedroom?

  2. Where is safety/tempered glass required for the windows of a house?

  3. Are openable windows required to have screens? Will windows with no screens pass a home inspection?

  4. How can I prevent mold in my Florida winter home when I’m gone for the summer?

  5. What causes sweating (condensation) on the inside of windows in the winter?

  6. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

  7. What causes wood rot on a home?

  8. Is there an adapter that can be placed on a two-slot receptacle to make it safe?

  9. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  10. Is it common for an insurance company to require an inspection?

  11. What is the right electric wire size for a home?

  12. How do you inspect a dryer vent?

  13. What are the most common homeowner wiring mistakes?

  14. What if mold is found during the inspection?

  15. What can I do right now to prepare my house for a hurricane?

  16. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it in Gainesville?

  17. Is a bare bulb light in a closet alright?

  18. What are the warning signs of a dangerous attic pull-down ladder?

  19. Are carbon monoxide alarms required to be installed in Florida?

  20. What are the requirements for a room to classified as a bedroom?

  21. How can I check my garage door to make sure it is safe?

  22. What can I do to avoid kitchen accidents and injuries?

  23. Why is a double cylinder deadbolt lock on an exterior door a safety hazard?

  24. What is the steepest residential stair allowed?

  25. How can I tell if a window or glass door is safety glass?

  26. Are open stair risers acceptable?

  27. What is aging in place?

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25 persons are injured or die in house fires each year because their escape is blocked by locked burglar bars or gates, according to data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS).

   Because of a string of well-publicized deaths due to burglar bar entrapment in burning homes in the 1990s, legislation was enacted in many areas of the country to mandate that window security bars have a quick-release mechanism. They specify that the  opening mechanism should be next to the window, easy to understand without any training, not require a tool or key to use, and must be able to be operated with relatively little force, so that it can be opened by children or the elderly.

   We test quick-release mechanisms when inspecting homes with security bars, or note the absence of a release mechanism as a serious safety hazard. When no release mechanism is present, we recommend removal of the bars or retrofitting of opener system that meets current safety standards.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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