Egress is defined as the means to exit, whether it is from a building or structure, especially when an emergency occurs. During an emergency, if the occupants of a building or structure have to exit by way of stairs, this is often the most problematic method of flight. The following will provide egress stair safety tips for hospitals, hotels, high rises, and other buildings with large spaces.
Every building or structure built for occupancy is to have exits sufficient to permit the prompt and safe escape of occupants in the event of an emergency. Safety should not rely on just one safeguard, therefore, additional safeguards should be provided in case one safeguard becomes ineffective. Exits should be arranged and maintained to provide free and unobstructed egress from all parts of the building or structure, at all times, when occupied.
An exit door that swings into an aisle or passageway should not restrict egress in any manner. The door should swing in the direction of egress travel.
The occupant load for any occupied space is the maximum number of persons in the space at any time. When more than one exit is required, at least two of the exits are to be remote from each other and arranged to minimize the possibility that one will impede the effectiveness of the other during an emergency.
Every exit and egress path must be clearly visible and the route must be clearly marked so the occupants know the exact direction of escape from any location. Each and every path of escape is to be arranged or marked so that the way to safety is unmistakable.
Every exit sign needs to be illuminated by a reliable light source bright enough that it can be viewed even if forces impede the ability of sight, such as smoke. Do not place other signage of any type other than egress path markers near or in close proximity to emergency signage, to eliminate any chance of distraction or blockage should occupants be fleeing a building or structure during an emergency.
All exits must discharge directly to the street or an open space that offers safe access to a public location. Emergency exit pathways are to be arranged so the direction of egress to an outside safety point is clear. Means of egress are to be continuously maintained so they are free of all obstructions and impediments so that instant use and full access is always available in the event of an emergency.
There are many more stair safety and other egress pathway tips for buildings and structures that can be explained to you by an expert from GloBrite Systems. GloBrite has been providing optimal means of egress safety to clients for several years, and can help you outfit your location with the maximum means of safety provisions. Simply contact GloBrite, and one of their professionals will assist you with tips and directions on optimizing the safety of your location.