Posted by JWmHarmon on February 25, 2003 at 10:47:18:
In Reply to: Re: Learning from the Nightclub Disaster in Rhode Island posted by steveA on February 25, 2003 at 07:50:10:
Who was it that first wrote that those who fail to learn the lessons of history are condemned to repeat the mistakes of the past?
I have read the history of the CocoaNut Grove fire in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. It is linked below.
One improvement in building codes was the requirement that all doors open outward with a panic bar opening device.
Exit signs should be required at floor level as well as above the door. Exit signs at floor level may be visible to those crawling along the floor trying to escape. The heated smoke in a fire is thicker at the ceiling level since hot air tends to rise. Smoke is toxic.
The link below is an article about the CocoaNut Grove fire. This tragic event took place during World War II. This article should be required reading in ALL architectural studies. It should be posted in every restaurant and night club.
There is no reason that we should not learn lessons from history.
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