Fire officials warn residents about dangers of burglar bars - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Fire officials warn residents about dangers of burglar bars

Fire officials say that burglar bars may be meant to protect your home, but can also be a danger. (Source: WALB) Fire officials say that burglar bars may be meant to protect your home, but can also be a danger. (Source: WALB)
They warn South Georgians who have burglar bars on their homes to make a plan on how they would get out quickly in an emergency. (Source: WALB) They warn South Georgians who have burglar bars on their homes to make a plan on how they would get out quickly in an emergency. (Source: WALB)
There are many buildings in Albany that have burglar bars that are fixed on the windows, and can not be opened. (Source: WALB) There are many buildings in Albany that have burglar bars that are fixed on the windows, and can not be opened. (Source: WALB)
Albany Fire Chief Ron Rowe (Source: WALB) Albany Fire Chief Ron Rowe (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A Tennessee fire is prompting a safety warning from Albany Firefighters.

They warn South Georgians who have burglar bars on their homes to make a plan on how they would get out quickly in an emergency.

There are many buildings in Albany that have burglar bars that are fixed on the windows, and can not be opened, and some need keys to be opened. Firefighters said that for safety, residents should make an escape plan.

Officials in Memphis said that they don't know if the burglar bars on a home played any part in the nine deaths in a tragic fire on Monday. But Albany firefighters said burglar bars and security doors can trap people inside a burning building.

"Anything that is going to hinder your getting in or out of a building is something you need to plan for," said Albany Fire Chief Ron Rowe.

If people work or live in buildings with burglar bars, firefighters urge them to practice how they would get out as quickly as possible.

"Have an escape plan. That's the main thing. Regardless of what the construction or your building you are living in," explained Rowed. "Burglar bars or not, you still need to have an escape plan."

Firefighters actually scout homes and buildings where they know there are burglar bars, just in case a rescue is needed. They would use the jaws of life to pry the bars off if necessary. If security bars or gates need a key, firefighters said that residents should practice getting it and opening the escape.

"When you are in a situation of panic, fire situation or otherwise, you don't want to have to depend on trying to figure out how to do things," said Rowe. "If the fire is between you and the exit, it is not the time to try to look for a key."

Firefighters said that today's homes, full of plastics and synthetics, burn much faster than natural products. So seconds getting out can make the difference between life and death.

Firefighters said burglar bars are not the only hindrance to escape through windows. Many people have their windows painted shut, or have storm windows installed over them. So they urge people to make an escape plan for their family, and practice it, so their loved ones can get out alive.

Copyright 2016 WALB. All rights reserved. 

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • breaking

    Crews battle fire in downtown Albany, 3 people rescued from building

    Crews battle fire in downtown Albany, 3 people rescued from building

    Wednesday, January 24 2018 2:14 AM EST2018-01-24 07:14:33 GMT
    (Source: WALB)(Source: WALB)

    Fire crews are battling a blaze in downtown Albany at the intersection of Jackson and Broad Ave.

    More >>

    Fire crews are battling a blaze in downtown Albany at the intersection of Jackson and Broad Ave.

    More >>
  • Runway resurfacing project moves forward

    Runway resurfacing project moves forward

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:42 PM EST2018-01-24 04:42:14 GMT
    Officials say the design phase for the runway will begin next week. (Source: WALB)Officials say the design phase for the runway will begin next week. (Source: WALB)

    The approval for resurfacing the main runway at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport cleared it's final hurdle Tuesday night. Officials said they will begin work next week. 

    More >>

    The approval for resurfacing the main runway at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport cleared it's final hurdle Tuesday night. Officials said they will begin work next week. 

    More >>
  • Historic district expansion tabled by city commission

    Historic district expansion tabled by city commission

    Tuesday, January 23 2018 11:36 PM EST2018-01-24 04:36:00 GMT
    Many residents left the commission meeting rather quickly after the commissioners decided to table the discussion about the historic district. (Source: WALB)Many residents left the commission meeting rather quickly after the commissioners decided to table the discussion about the historic district. (Source: WALB)

    A number of people left Tuesday's Albany City Commission very upset. The long-awaited decision about the expansion of the Albany and Dougherty County's historic district was delayed. 

    More >>

    A number of people left Tuesday's Albany City Commission very upset. The long-awaited decision about the expansion of the Albany and Dougherty County's historic district was delayed. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly