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Question #92440 posted on 07/10/2019 3:42 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So I have a question about home protection. There are things such as the Master Lock 265D Security Door Bar form Home Depot that prevents people from opening the door. I like the thought, but I can't help but wonder about what if the house catches fire. Won't that sort of thing prevent the firefighters from being able to save everyone inside?

Thanks,

Pirate

A:

Dear Pirate, 

In my opinion, yes. The bar is pretty easy to deal with from the inside, but it does keep anyone else out. It prevents the door from being kicked in, etc. which can easily be a hazard for firefighters trying to get in. However, it is still on the market, and I'm sure they've done plenty of safety tests and it's obviously not enough of a hazard to prevent door bars from being made. Personally, I wouldn't rest my life or security of my home on a door bar, especially since it seems like a hazard to me. To each their own, I suppose. 

Cheers, 

Guesthouse

posted on 07/10/2019 10 a.m.
I work with firefighters. They said they love a chance to use their fire axe, and they'll be coming in one way or another, regardless of what deadbolts, door bars, etc. are in the way.