Security bars are a common method of household protection against burglary, but are dangerous for residents when it comes to egress from a fire. If a fire breaks out in a home, security bars without quick-release devices block crucial fire exits.
Between 2012 and 2016 in Tennessee, 12 residents died in home fires where security bars were a contributing factor to the fire death. Another 12 residents died where locked exits were a contributing factor. On average, around four people die every year in home fires where a security bar or locked exit prevented them from escaping the fire.