Firefighters explain need for automatic door closures

Published: Apr. 20, 2013 at 2:44 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2013 at 2:50 AM EDT
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DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - Albany Firefighters want business owners to remember they are required to have automatic door closure devices on their outside doors for fire safety.

Look at how those flames are roaring into that window. That is the air being pulled inside and feeding that fire, making it even bigger and more intense. That is why there are building codes that businesses must have automatic door closure devices on their outside doors, to prevent that air from rushing into buildings on fire.

Albany Fire Department Investigator Sam Harris said "So when the last person comes out of the door, what happens is it closes itself and seals itself off. So the fire can't get oxygen which therefore allows people a longer time to escape a burning building."

Firefighters say some business owners disagree with building codes and inspectors requiring them to have those automatic closure devices, but say they will help limit the size of fires and could save lives.

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