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All required means of egress, including each exit, exit access and exit discharge, shall be continuously maintained free from obstructions and impediments to immediate use in the event of fire or other emergency. An exit or exit passageway shall not be used for any purpose inconsistent with its use as a means of egress, including storage of combustible or noncombustible materials, except as authorized by law, rule or regulation.
1027.3.1 Door Hardware
Door hardware and other devices and physical components of the means of egress shall be maintained in good working order at all times.
1027.3.2 Security Devices
Security devices affecting means of egress shall be subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Buildings in consultation with the department.
1027.3.3 Snow and Ice
All required means of egress shall be maintained free from the accumulation of snow and ice.
1027.3.4 Overcrowding
Premises shall not be caused, allowed or maintained in such a manner as to become overcrowded, such that the number of persons present on the premises and/or their location thereon obstructs or impedes access to any means of egress.
1027.3.5 Furnishings and Decorations
Furnishings, decorations or other objects shall not be placed so as to obstruct exits, access thereto, egress therefrom, or visibility thereof. Furnishings and decorations shall not be placed in building hallway corridors or elevator lobbies except as authorized by FC1027.4 or other provision of this code. Hangings and draperies shall not be placed over exit doors or otherwise be located to conceal or obstruct an exit except as authorized by the commissioner. Mirrors shall not be placed on exit doors. Mirrors shall not be placed in or adjacent to any exit in such a manner as to confuse the direction of exit.
1027.3.6 Corridor Storage
It shall be unlawful to store combustible materials or combustible waste in corridors except as authorized by FC1027.4 or other provision of this code or by the commissioner by rule.
1027.3.7 Fire Escapes
Access to fire escapes shall be maintained in accordance with FC1027.7.
1027.3.8 Security Grilles
When the installation of security grilles is allowed by the Building Code, such grilles shall be secured in the full-open position during the period of occupancy, except when the Building Code provides otherwise.

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