Notes From The Margin

December 6, 2007

Did You Ever Wonder Why…..?

Filed under: Earthquake,emergency management,Royal Barbados Police Force — notesfromthemargin @ 1:41 am

Did you ever wonder why Bajans like to lock half of a double door going into an office or building? You see it everywhere…. there are two doors at the front of an office building or a supermarket and invariably one half is locked.

I’m not sure why we insist on doing it but  I do know that the practice is common. I think it may have to do with trying to preserve air conditioning.

That’s all well and good, but as was pointed out to me over the weekend, what happens if everyone wants to leave at once? Say there’s a fire, or even an earthquake, and people rush the door. With half a door locked you have halved the capacity to clear the building in the least time possible.

Never thought about this before, but now I wonder why we love to lock half of a double door.



  1. Double doors give to much access and lets out to much, which may run counter to our cultural tendencies to “hush-up” “shut-down” “stifle” “suffer in silence” and to “hoard” information. 😀 just musing. 😀

    …Maybe the law requires the double door, hence the expense and installation, and our proclivity to restrict and restrain results in treating them as single doors. 😀

    Comment by Adrian Hinds — December 12, 2007 @ 5:44 pm | Reply

  2. Adrian, I think you may have been spending a little too much time on BFP 😀

    Comment by notesfromthemargin — December 12, 2007 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

  3. Marginal:

    Does it matter if the doors swing or slide? What about sash windows? Perhaps, you should do an architectural survey.

    Comment by Linchh — December 12, 2007 @ 7:11 pm | Reply

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