hazardous security bars

This, unfortunately, is a sad picture, but is being posted to drive home the importance of having an emergency means of exit out of a home, that is unobstructed.
This was the headline from a Detroit newspaper last year. “Couple Found Dead In Home After Fire, Neighbors Say Barricaded Windows Trapped Victims.” “Neighbors said that bars on the front door and windows kept Evan and Clementine Bailey from escaping their fire-ravaged home. They said that two men driving by saw the flames and tried to rescue the couple, but they couldn’t get past the barricaded entrances and gave up. Fire officials said that the Baileys, both in their 60s, died from smoke inhalation before fire crews could get to them.”