Section 1031 Maintenance of the Means of Egress
In Group E occupancies, Group B educational occupancies and Group I-4 occupancies, egress doors from classrooms, offices and other occupied rooms shall be permitted to be provided with locking arrangements designed to keep intruders from entering the room where all of the following conditions are met:
- The door shall be capable of being unlocked from outside the room with a key or other approved means.
- The door shall be openable from within the room in accordance with Section 1010.1.9.
- Modifications shall not be made to existing listed panic hardware, fire door hardware or door closers.
- Modifications to fire door assemblies shall be in accordance with NFPA 80.
In Group I-2, the required clear width for aisles, corridors and ramps that are part of the required means of egress shall comply with Section 1020.2. The facility shall have a plan to maintain the required clear width during emergency situations.
Exception: In areas required for bed movement, equipment shall be permitted in the required width where all of the following provisions are met:
- The equipment is low hazard and wheeled.
- The equipment does not reduce the effective clear width for the means of egress to less than 5 feet (1525 mm).
- 3.1. Equipment and carts in use.
- 3.2. Medical emergency equipment.
- 3.3. Infection control carts.
- 3.4. Patient lift and transportation equipment.
- Medical emergency equipment and patient lift and transportation equipment, when not in use, are required to be located on one side of the corridor.
- The equipment is limited in number to not more than one per patient sleeping room or patient care room within each smoke compartment.
Required emergency escape and rescue openings shall be maintained in accordance with the that was code in effect at the time of construction, and both of the following:
- Required emergency escape and rescue openings shall be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys or tools.
- Bars, grilles, grates or similar devices are allowed to be placed over emergency escape and rescue openings provided that the minimum net clear opening size complies with the code that was in effect at the time of construction and such devices shall be releasable or removable from the inside without the use of a key, tool or force greater than that which is required for normal operation of the emergency escape and rescue opening.