Internet Fumes Over Boss Screwing Window Shut

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A Reddit user posted a photo to the “Mildly Infuriating” forum and said his boss prevented the window from being opened in the workplace.

“My boss screwed the only window at our office shut, so now it’s impossible to get fresh air,” read the title of reddit.com/r/mildlyinfuriating/comments/y6etno/my_boss_screwed_the_only_window_at_our_office/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3″ class=”multivariate”>u/SloBearZ’s post, which received nearly 12,000 votes since it was published on Monday. “I’m boiling at work [right now].”

In addition to the discomfort caused by a lack of airflow, some people questioned whether it was safe to keep the window screwed shut.

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Above, a stock image of a window closed shut. A Reddit user sparked a conversation over whether a window in his workspace that was screwed shut was safe.
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“It is important to have two exits out of every room in case one is blocked by fire,” US Fire Administrator Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell told Newsweek in an e-mail. “Screwing windows shut is dangerous as it removes a possible exit route in the event of a fire.”

According to the agencycooking was the main cause of office and store fires in 2019, followed by electrical malfunctions, heating and carelessness.

To prevent fires, employees should keep flammable objects away from electrical equipment, turn off heating devices when they are unattended and plan and practice multiple escape routes if one is blocked.

The photo shows part of the window, and a small screw is seen just above the window’s handle.

“He wants to save money by not using the heater, which we never use cause it’s so hot in here anyways,” u/SloBearZ wrote under the photo. “This can’t be legal…right?”

Fellow Reddit users took to the comments section to voice their own thoughts on the matter.

“I would just go into an endless war of screw-unscrew,” a Redditor commented.

“Is that not a fire hazard?” one Redditor asked.

Another encouraged u/SloBearZ to contact their local fire department to see if they’d conduct an inspection.

Some marveled where the office space is located and what the specific fire safety standards were.

“That wouldn’t be legal where I am,” a Redditor commented.

A few Reddit users said fixed windows are common in many commercial buildings in Canada in the United States, but emergency exits are always close by.

Gregory Harrington, a principal engineer with the National Fire Protection Association echoed that sentiment and told Newsweek if there is a need for a firefighter to get into the building through a fixed window, they often have the appropriate tools to do so.

Newsweek reached out to u/SloBearZ for further comments. We could not verify the details of this case.

Many others have taken their frustrations to the Mildly Infuriating subreddit, including someone who posted about a “bonkers” math question sent home with a fifth grader and one about a “surveillance” tool used to track worker productivity.

Another post showed a sign that called the automatic gratuities “optional,” which sparked a debate among Reddit users.

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