Sound Off

Sound Off: Lots of businesses around town that have double-doors at their entrance have a habit of only unlocking one. As a customer, I find it very annoying to tug on a door only to find that it’s locked, and I have to use the one next to it. In addition to being annoying, is this also a fire code violation?

Fire Marshal James King, a division chief with Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical, said it is not a fire code violation. “If the extra width were required for exiting this business, the locked side would be required to have panic hardware on the exit sides of the door so that they could be fully opened in the event of an emergency,” King said. “In the circumstances described, it is likely that the extra width is needed to move large or bulky items into or out of the business at times. If you feel that this is not the case, I will be happy to visit the site and take a look at the conditions to be sure that the exits are correct for the occupancy.”


RoeDapple 6 years, 3 months ago

Hadn't thought about it much, but being left handed I almost always try the wrong door first. I also notice the doors may be locked according to which way the wind may catch them on a given day.

Don Whiteley 6 years, 3 months ago

This has been a pet peeve of mine for years. I believe that in many cases, businesses have to have the two doors to meet fire codes. I've always thought that keeping one of them locked was then a violation. Anyhow, it's certainly an annoyance to customers.

Bob Forer 6 years, 3 months ago

"VERY annoying to tug.... "

Sounds like an angry, unhappy person to begin with.

EarthaKitt 6 years, 3 months ago

I think you mean "couldn't care less." I don't mind a half-locked double door, but this expression is goofy when it's not used correctly.

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

But in this instance, they should be 50% of the time.

JustNoticed 6 years, 3 months ago

Customers are nothing but service liabilities.

oliveoyl 6 years, 3 months ago

Dang it, Creature! I wanted to say it! ;)

Jonathan Fox 6 years, 3 months ago


Grammar only exists to effectively communicate. Grammar nazis cannot correct your grammar without first understanding what you said and re-stating what you ment to say. Having understood means there is absolutely no need to correct them because they've already effectively communicated what they ment to say.

kufan1146 6 years, 3 months ago

Lol I can't believe this seriously bothers you so much you took the time to submit it.

ENGWOOD 6 years, 3 months ago

Good exercise.................You probably need it!

Jean Robart 6 years, 3 months ago

When a double door only opens on one side, it is very difficult for a handicapped person in a chair or using a walker to get into the building--or out of it. Could be dangerous.

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