For many years my wife and I served as volunteer firefighters. As you can imagine, the training involved in becoming a firefighter was extensive. Each and every class always started the same way. Safety, Safety, Safety. It was drilled into us from day one and it stuck with us as we entered each and every burning building.
You may wonder what an old firefighters training has to do with deadbolts. The answer to this question just may save you and your families lives.
Imagine this very real and very possible scenerio. You and your family are sound asleep in your beds when the smoke detector (please tell me you have one!) goes off. As you are waking up you smell smoke and as you open the bedroom door you see flames engulfing your living room. You immediatly race to the kids room to wake them up and get them out. (If you have an elderly person who may only get around by wheelchair, or is on oxygen this scenerio gets even worse). As you run down the hallway the flames are getting hotter and spreading into the kitchen. The family struggles to find shoes and perhaps a coat to go out into the night and escape the flames and smoke. The kids dont want to leave behind the beloved pet, stuffed toy, barbie doll and you must keep pushing them to hurry and get out. You finally get them up and moving toward the door as the smoke burns your eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Tears are running down your face from the smoke making it hard to see and time is running out.
Not a pretty picture is it? It is at that moment that you will be thankful for this article and the advice it offers. You see, if you get to that door and that door has a double sided deadbolt, you now need to go back to where ever you keep your keys, because without that key you cant get out through the door.
We never recommend installing double-sided (keyed on both interior and exterior sides) deadbolts. Some homeowners desire double-sided deadbolts when there is glass in the door or in close proximity that would allow a potential intruder to break the glass, reach in, and unlock a single-sided lock. Other than the fact that a key must be used to unlock the door from the interior, double-sided locks provide no greater security than a single-sided one.
Ultimately, of course, the choice is yours. We just thought you’d like to know…
We though you’d like to know….
Stay safe Citrus county!