Picture this: you’re working in your cubicle, and you smell smoke. You realize that fire is imminent, so you pack your belongings in a mad dash. You understand the fire protocol, and walk towards the fire exit. Unfortunately, the manager decided to stack all of the new inventory in front of the fire door. As more people pile up near the fire exit, it becomes difficult to remove all the boxes in time, causing a widespread panic.
The simple decision by your manager to block a fire door had the potential to cost lives. While it may seem pointless to have weekly inspections for fire doors, it is imperative that these insects are taken seriously. This scenario may seem far fetched, but actually occurs more often than most think. Fire doors play a crucial role in the safety of both employees and customers, and when they are not properly inspected and maintained, can lead to injury, stress, and in the worst case, casualties.