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Fire and Elevators

May 15, 1988

With the rash of questions being raised in the wake of the horrible fire at the First Interstate Bank building May 4, there's one question--and answer--I have yet to hear.

This is the heat-sensitive control buttons used on so many elevator systems.

With the obvious problems they produce when a fire occurs, why were they ever permitted to be put into use? It seems to me that the conventional pressure-sensitive button controls work just as efficiently and conveniently--and without the hazard factor inherent in the heat-responsive buttons.

Maybe it's time to enact some enlightened controls on how elevators are controlled. Until then, the best step is to stick to using stairs.

ED MITCHELL

Los Angeles

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