It sometimes seems like we haven't learned anything since that fateful day in Chicago where over 600 people lost their lives. These are the common fire code violations I frequently see that also fueled the Iroquois Theatre tragedy:
- Scenery (costumes, props, flats, platforms, etc.) not constructed with fire retardant / incombustable materials.
- Fire Curtain not fully functional (Tied-off, stuck, snagged, blocked, etc.)
- Smoke Vent systems not functional.
- Fire Doors propped-open.
- Emergency egress lighting system inoperative.
- Egress Routes blocked with tables, chairs, pianos, platforms, road cases, scenery, and/or camera tripods.
- Exit Doors blocked, locked, or obscured.
Here is a blog entry from Lori Green at Ingersol-Rand Security Technologies, the manufacturers of Von-Duprin Door hardware. They make one of the few crash-bar exit systems that don't make a lot of noise - Great for Theatres! http://idighardware.com/2010/12/iroquois-theater-fire/