I read with sadness of the preventable deaths of the 4 sisters who had become trapped in their house as it burned, unable to escape because the windows were covered with steel bars. I understand that people install the bars to prevent break-ins, but they need to think about what will happen if a fire occurs, how will they get out? When I had bars installed over the windows of my home, we had bars that swung open like doors and had locks with keys. We placed the keys near to the windows (but not near enough one could reach in from outside and get them). I would highly encourage anyone considering bars to make sure they get the hinged bars with locks.