There’s a couple of things that you need to do before forcing a door, according to the New York City Fire Department’s Eric Geiger. This video of Geiger, courtesy of Flashover TV and FireRescue1, is short and can be summed up in three bullet points:
- Check the door for heat, which can tell you if there’s fire or combustible gases on the other side.
- Try the knob first, which can save you time.
- Figure out whether the door is inward-opening or outward-opening, which can give you important clues about what’s behind the door and how to attack it.
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Flashover TV, “Forcible Entry- Size Up“