What Are the Fire Egress Codes for Buildings?

fire exitFire egress codes must always be taken into consideration when designing and erecting a large building or structure that is intended to hold numerous occupants at a time, on its completion. Fire egress codes are applicable to all buildings, because any structure must have safety protocol in place in the event of an emergency or disaster. Because fires are one of the most common hazards to buildings, regulatory committees are always on the lookout to ensure buildings are following and adhering to mandated protocol. The following are some of the rules and requirements associated with fire egress codes for buildings.

  • First, every building, structure, and facility must follow a state implemented fire egress code, which includes a detailed evacuation plan.
  • Emergency egress systems and escape routes when needing to evacuate a building will be submitted for certain areas of the building during its design. In addition, these specifically located areas must be approved by regulatory agencies.
  • Procedures will be in place for employees who must remain in order to operate critical egress equipment before evacuating, as well as procedures for accounting for all employees and occupants who needed to evacuate, once evacuation has been completed.
  • Identification and assignment of personnel who have been deemed as responsible for both the rescue of occupants and for the administering of emergency medical aid will be in place so those chosen will understand their role should an fire break out.
  • There will be an initial, or preferred measure in place to notify occupants that a fire has started, along with a secondary, or alternative means of alerting occupants of a fire hazard. In addition, there will be an initial, as well as an alternative means of reporting a fire break out to the fire department, or the designated emergency response organization if the emergency if of another nature.
  • There will be a clear and distinct emergency alarm and / or voice communication system alert tone, along with a prerecorded / preprogrammed message(s), indicating that evacuation is necessary, and what steps need to be taken to ensure safety of all occupants evacuating the premises, along with procedures to commence an emergency response.
  • All fire safety and evacuation plans will be reviewed or updated annually as the regulatory commission see fit in order to enhance and optimize fire egress codes for buildings. This will include any needed changes in staff assignments, occupancy, or the physical arrangement of the building as necessitated by any potential amendments made to fire egress codes for buildings.

Several more, or additional fire egress codes may exist, depending on where your building is located, and the state in which you reside. GloBrite Systems can help you discover the fire egress codes for building and for your state. They can make particular recommendations on egress system components and necessary placement throughout your building. Their systems install easily and can save your business time and money on energy costs and maintenance. Contact them today for details.

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