The fear of crime drives many people to install security bars and other devices on their windows and doors to prevent intruders from entering their homes. These actions are often taken without consideration of fire safety and as a result, many serious incidents have occurred where people have been trapped and died in fires.
NFPA has created free educational materials with specific safety messages about home security and fire safety developed to assist you in organizing a safety program in your community.
Feel free to add your organization's name and logo to both the Leader´s Guide and the brochure. (Please don´t alter the pieces in any other way.) Also note that the brochure was designed to be folded. Please e-mail NFPA's Sharon Gamache and let her know how you´re using these materials to make your community "safe and secure."
Insecure: Dangers of Immobile Security Bars
While they can lock criminals out, home security bars can just as effectively lock residents in. NFPA Journal®, July/August 2003. By John R. Paradise.
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