Posted on Mar 12, 2019

Nova Custom Builders, LLC

Items covered in the Code’s Means of Egress include:

Width of hallways and doorways
Doors and Swinging doors
Projection allowances of handrails or other protruding objects
Headroom allowances (Minimum of 7’ in one- and two-family dwellings)
Accessibility (ramps, surfaces, elevation changes
Travel distances
Elevators, escalators and moving walks
Exit arrangements
Minimum number of exits per occupancy
Dead end pockets or hallways
Emergency escape and rescue openings
Security barriers
Stairways and landings
Illumination
Locks

Building codes were created to ensure the safety of a building’s occupants, whether it is a residential or commercial building. And it is extremely important that all buildings conform to these codes, especially when it comes to means of egress. In case of a fire or other emergency, occupants need to have clear paths and multiple options to evacuate a room.

That’s why, if you spot what you think might be a code violation, you should call in an expert, like Först Consulting Group. As construction experts, we study building codes and pass requirements to receive the latest certifications so we can serve as a private building code inspector. In the past, we have found construction errors and building code violations including means of egress, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, sound, improper venting and framing errors among them.
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