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.”