Burglar Bars in Multifamily: Crime Protection Measure or Fire Safety Hazard?

‘Burglar bars’ are wrought-iron grates that are affixed to first-floor windows of residential dwellings. We see them all across Los Angeles and occasionally in Beverly Hills. They may provide a sense of security, but when not properly maintained they can rust and fail to swing open when released from inside. In a fire they can trap residents inside. Too often we see aged and rusting burglar bars on multifamily properties that are poorly-maintained and that can be a safety hazard. So we got to wondering…What are the regulations on burglar bars?

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