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Question DetailsAsked on 6/20/2013

what are security bars & safety latches?

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I have to assume this comes from a home inspection preparatory to sale. You should have your Realtor contact the Seller to have their home inspector who noted the deficiencies clarify it, if it is not in the detailed writeup part of his written report. The security bars and safety latches may have been the phrasing on the deficiency list provided by the Buyers, and be detailed inthe inspection report, which should have been priovidede to you with it. I doubt any of these (except deck and pool and trap door child latches) are the "mandatory" type corrections - the rest are nice-to-have types for child safety, if there will be a child in the house, but not generally required by code in a residence unless used as a commercdial childcare facility or preschool.

In all probability, relates to one or more of the following:

1) sliding glass doors without positive locks (as opposed to flip-latches) should have a security bar - a rod or piece of wood or kick-in or twist-in lock that prevents the door from being forced open when the bar is in.

2) security bars could also mean bars or grills over windows and sometimes doors, common in areas with high crime rates and on vacation homes that are commonly vacant

3) safety latches usually relates to child catches on cabinets - especially under sinks, where people commonly store cleaners, etc.

4) safety latches could also relate to child-safety latches or catches, required on any hatch that a child could fall through (trap door to basement, for instance), and on any gates on decks over 3 feet above ground level, and on all entrances to pools. Also, any wells or in-ground cisterns have to have key or combination locks.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


With the pairing of these two questions I will answer them as they apply to a sliding door, such as on a patio or balcony.

Safety bars often refer to the Charlie Bar used on sliding glass doors. The Charlie Bar (it can be purchased at any locksmith or most hardware stores) fastens horizontally in the door and forces the slider against the jam. It is hinged and secured with a pin for easy release from the inside when the door is being used. As it is often possible to pry the slider part of the door up out of its track, the use of a Charlie Bar secures the slider more firmly to prevent its being leveraged out. Some homeowners place a dowel rod (broom handle) cut to just the right length and lay it in the bottom track of the sliding door. This however still can leave a lot of ‘play’ in the upper part of the door with the possibility of prying the door off the track.

Safety latches can apply to many types of doors. For a sliding door it is a deadbolt type of latch fastened at the top of the sliding part of the door so that the bolt can be extended into a hole drilled into the frame of the door. The same latch can also be put at the bottom of the door, or both.

Safety latches encompass a broad range of latches from childproofing cupboards to additional security on an entry door.

Source: Floyd Total Security

Answered 6 years ago by floyd2angie

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