Codes and standards that regulate a building’s means of egress can be complicated, and vary, depending on the size, occupancy, location, and use of a particular building. It is impossible to list all of these requirements in this blog, but we hope to provide an adequate summary of egress codes. Once you finish this blog, it is recommended that you contact GloBrite Systems, and one of their professionals can explain all of the necessary requirements of egress codes for buildings. Some basic egress code requirements and evaluations apply to the majority of buildings and structures. This blog will focus on summarizing these basic mandates.
The basic requirements for means of egress to make buildings safer through instructing and mandating of specific egress codes are meant to help building owners, facility managers, construction architects, engineers, and structural designers recognize certain key elements that directly lend to the total optimization of building safety. For example, egress codes can help those who are in charge identify a room or space that has become overcapacity. The egress codes also offer solutions to overcapacity, including the explanation that a second means of egress for that room or space might be necessary.
Other examples of how egress codes make buildings safer are listed below:
- It determines the maximum occupant load for one and multiple rooms, along with auditoriums with fixed seating, and explains that each determined number should not be exceeded. It also explains how the occupancy level can be related to the size of a specific room and how the room is being used.
- It describes how doors should be installed, which direction the doors should open and close, the type of equipment the doors should have, and whether or not the doors should have locking devices equipped.
- Exit doors should lead to a corridor, an exit stair enclosure, or directly to the exterior of the building. Exits should not pass through adjacent rooms, and should not pass through hazardous areas, such as kitchens, storage rooms, and loading docks. It also provides certain exceptions to this mandate, including when it is acceptable for exit doors to lead to adjacent rooms.
The above mentioned provides only a brief look into the requirements for means of egress, and how egress codes make buildings safer. As previously stated, because of the incredible amount of information regarding this topic, you should consult with a company that is an expert on the rules and regulations of egress codes. One of the best companies with whom you should consult is GloBrite Systems. GloBrite professionals completely understand how to maximize the safety in your building, and the company provides the products, components, and technology for you to do so. Once you talk to a GloBrite expert, you will have a much better grasp on how egress codes will make your building safer, and what steps you need to take to be one hundred percent compliant.