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14.1 Application

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Means of egress in new and existing buildings shall comply with this Code and the Building Code.

14.2 Exit Access Corridors

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Corridors used as exit access shall be separated from other parts of the building in accordance with the Building Code.

14.3.1

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Where the Building Code requires an exit to be separated from other parts of the building, the separating construction shall meet the requirements of the Building Code.
An exit enclosure shall provide a continuous protected path of travel to an exit discharge. [101: 7.1.3.2.2]
An exit enclosure shall not be used for any-purpose that has the potential to interfere with its use as an exit and, if so designated, as an area of refuge. (See also 14.6.3.) [101: 7.1.3.2.3]
Means of egress shall be continuously maintained free of all obstructions or impediments to full instant use in the case of fire or other emergency. [101: 7.1.10.1]
No furnishings, decorations, or other objects shall obstruct exits or their access thereto, egress therefrom, or visibility thereof. [101: 7.1.10.2.1]
No obstruction by railings, barriers, or gates shall divide the means of egress into sections appurtenant to individual rooms, apartments, or other occupied spaces. Where the AHJ finds the required path of travel to be obstructed by furniture or other movable objects, the authority shall be permitted to require that such objects be secured out of the way or shall be permitted to require that railings or other permanent barriers be installed to protect the path of travel against encroachment. [101:71.10.2.2]
Mirrors shall not be placed on exit door leaves. Mirrors shall not be placed in or adjacent to any exit in such a manner as to confuse the direction of egress. [101: 7.1.10.2.3]
Every door opening and every principal entrance that is required to serve as an exit shall be designed and constructed so that the path of egress travel is obvious and direct. Windows that, because of their physical configuration or design and the materials used in their construction, have the potential to be mistaken for door openings shall be made inaccessible to the occupants by barriers or railings. [101: 7.2.1.1.2]

14.4.3 Impediments to Egress

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Any device or alarm installed to restrict the improper use of a means of egress shall be designed and installed so that it cannot, even in case of failure, impede or prevent emergency use of such means of egress, unless otherwise provided in the Building Code.

14.4.4 Exterior Egress

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Any fire escape or exterior stairway found to be in a state of deterioration or determined to be unsafe by the Head of the Fire Department shall be repaired immediately. Depending on the structural condition, a load test of any fire escape shall be conducted before it is returned to service.

14.5.1.1* Swinging-Type Door Assembly Requirement

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Any door assembly in a means of egress shall be of the side-hinged or pivoted-swinging type, and shall be installed to be capable of swinging from any position to the full required width of the opening in which it is installed.

14.5.1.2 Door Leaf Swing Direction

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Door leaves required to be of the side-hinged or pivoted-swinging type shall swing in the direction of egress travel as required by the Building Code.

14.5.1.3.1*

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During its swing, any door leaf in a means of egress shall leave not less than 1/2 of the required width of an aisle, a corridor, a passageway, or a landing unobstructed and shall project not more than seven inches (180 mm) into the required width of an aisle, a corridor, a passageway, or a landing, when fully open.

14.5.1.3.2

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Surface-mounted latch release hardware on the door leaf shall be exempt from being included in the maximum 7 in. (180 mm) projection requirement of 14.5.1.3.2, provided that both of the following criteria are met:
  1. The hardware is mounted to the side of the door leaf that faces the aisle, corridor, passageway, or landing when the door leaf is in the open position.
  2. The hardware is mounted not less than 34 in. (865 mm), and not more than 48 in. (1220 mm), above the floor.

[101: 7.2.1.4.3.2]

14.5.1.4 Screen Door Assemblies and Storm Door Assemblies

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Screen door assemblies and storm door assemblies used in a means of egress shall be subject to the requirements for direction of swing in accordance with the Building Code.

14.5.1.5.1

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The forces required to fully open any door leaf manually in a means of egress shall be in accordance with the Building Code.

14.5.1.5.2

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Door leaves shall be arranged to be opened readily from the egress side whenever the building is occupied. [101: 7.2.1.5.1]

14.5.2.2*

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Locks, if provided, shall not require the use of a key, a tool, or special knowledge or effort for operation from the egress side. [101: 7.2.1.5.3]

14.5.2.4

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14.5.2.5.1*

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Exterior door assemblies shall be permitted to have key-operated locks from the egress side, provided that all of the following criteria are met:
  1. This alternative is permitted by the Building Code for the specific occupancy.
  2. A readily visible, durable sign in letters not less than 1 in. (25 mm) high on a contrasting background that reads as follows is located on or adjacent to the door: THIS DOOR TO REMAIN UNLOCKED WHEN THE BUILDING IS OCCUPIED
  3. The locking device is of a type that is readily distinguishable as locked.
  4. A key is immediately available to any occupant inside the building when it is locked.

[101: 7.2.1.5.5.1]

14.5.2.5.2

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Door assemblies in the means of egress shall be permitted to be electrically locked if equipped with approved, listed hardware that incorporates a built-in switch, provided that all of the following conditions are met:
  1. The hardware for occupant release of the lock is affixed to the door leaf.
  2. The hardware has an obvious method of operation that is readily operated in the direction of egress.
  3. The hardware is capable of being operated with one hand in the direction of egress.
  4. Operation of the hardware interrupts the power supply directly to the electric lock and unlocks the door assembly in the direction of egress.
  5. Loss of power to the hardware automatically unlocks the door assembly in the direction of egress.
  6. Hardware for new installations is listed in accordance with ANSI/UL 294.

[101: 7.2.1.5.6]

14.5.2.7

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Where permitted by the Building Code key operation shall be permitted, provided that the key cannot be removed when the door leaf is locked from the side from which egress is to be made.

14.5.2.8*

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Every door assembly in a stair enclosure shall meet the requirements of the Building Code for reentry.

14.5.2.8.1

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14.5.2.8.2

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14.5.2.8.3

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Signage on the stair door leaves as provided in the Building Code shall be required as follows:
  1. Door assemblies allowing re-entry shall be identified as such on the stair side of the door leaf.
  2. Door assemblies not allowing re-entry shall be provided with a sign on the stair side indicating the location of the nearest door opening, in each direction of travel, that allows re-entry or exit.
If a stair enclosure allows access to the roof of the building, the door to the roof either shall be kept locked or shall allow re-entry from the roof. [101: 7.2.1.5.9]
A latch or other fastening device on a door leaf shall be provided with a releasing device that has an obvious method of operation and that is readily operated under all lighting conditions. [101: 7.2.1.5.10]

14.5.2.10.1

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14.5.2.10.2

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14.5.2.10.3*

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14.5.2.10.4

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14.5.2.10.5

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14.5.2.10.6

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14.5.2.11

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Where pairs of door leaves are required in a means of egress, one of the following criteria shall be met:
  1. Each leaf of the pair shall be provided with a releasing device that does not depend on the release of one leaf before the other.

[101: 7.2.1.5.11]

14.5.2.12
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Devices shall not be installed in connection with any door assembly on which panic hardware or fire exit hardware is required where such devices prevent, or are intended to prevent, the free use of the leaf for purposes of egress.

14.5.3.1.1

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Approved, listed, delayed-egress locking systems shall be permitted to be installed on door assemblies in accordance with the Building Code, protected throughout by an approved, supervised automatic fire detection system in accordance with Section 13.7 or an approved, supervised automatic sprinkler system in accordance with Section 13.3, provided the following criteria are met:
  1. Deleted.
  2. The door leaves shall unlock upon loss of power controlling the lock or locking mechanism.
  3. An irreversible process shall release the lock within 15 seconds, or 30 seconds where approved by the AHJ, upon application of a force to the release device as required by the Building Code.
  4. *A readily visible, durable sign in letters not less than 1 in. (25 mm) high and not less than 1/8 in. (3.2 mm) in stroke width on a contrasting background shall be located on the door adjacent to the release device in the direction of egress, and shall read as follows:
    1. PUSH UNTIL ALARM SOUNDS, DOOR CAN BE OPENED IN 15 SECONDS, for doors that swing in one direction of egress travel
    2. PULL UNTIL ALARM SOUNDS, DOOR CAN BE OPENED IN 15 SECONDS, for doors that swing against the direction of egress travel
  5. The egress side of doors equipped with delayed-egress locks shall be provided with emergency lighting in accordance with the Building Code.
PUSH UNTIL ALARM SOUNDS
DOOR CAN BE OPENED IN 15 SECONDS
[101:7.2.1.6.1.1]

14.5.3.1.2

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14.5.3.2* Access-Controlled Egress Door Assemblies

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Where permitted by the Building Code, door assemblies in the means of egress shall be permitted to be equipped with an approved entrance and egress access control system, provided that all of the following criteria are met:
  1. A sensor shall be provided on the egress side, arranged to unlock the door leaf in the direction of egress upon detection of an approaching occupant.
  2. Door leaves shall automatically unlock in the direction of egress upon loss of power to the sensor or to the part of the access control system that locks the door leaves.
  3. Door locks shall be arranged to unlock in the direction of egress from a manual release device complying with all of the following criteria:
    1. 'The manual release device shall be located on the egress side, 40 in. to 48 in. (1015 mm to 1220 mm) vertically above the floor and within 60 in. (1525 mm) of the secured door openings.
    2. The manual release device shall be readily accessible and clearly identified by a sign that reads as follows: PUSH TO EXIT.
    3. When operated, the manual release device shall result in direct interruption of power to the lock — independent of the locking system electronics — and the lock shall remain unlocked for not less than 30 seconds.
  4. Activation of the building fire-protective signaling system, if provided, shall automatically unlock the door leaves in the direction of egress, and the door leaves shall remain unlocked until the fire-protective signaling system has been manually reset.
  5. The activation of manual fire alarm boxes that activate the building fire-protective signaling system specified in 14.5.3.2(4) shall not be required to unlock the door leaves.
  6. Activation of the building automatic sprinkler or fire detection system, if provided, shall automatically unlock the door leaves in the direction of egress, and the door leaves shall remain unlocked until the fire-protective signaling system has been manually reset.
  7. The egress side of access-controlled egress doors, other than existing access-controlled egress doors, shall be provided with emergency lighting in accordance with Section 14.13.

[101: 7.2.1.6.2]

14.5.3.3 Elevator Lobby Exit Access Door Assemblies Locking

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Where a door assembly is required to be equipped with panic or fire exit hardware, such hardware shall meet all of the following criteria:
  1. It shall consist of a cross bar or a push pad, the actuating portion of which extends across not less than one-half of the width of the door leaf.
  2. It shall be mounted as follows:
    1. New installations shall be not less than 34 in. (865 mm), nor more than 48 in. (1220 mm), above the floor.
    2. Existing installations shall be not less than 30 in. (760 mm), nor more than 48 in. (1220 mm), above the floor.
  3. It shall be constructed so that a horizontal force not to exceed 15 lbf (66 N) actuates the cross bar or push pad and latches.

[101: 7.2.1.7.1]

14.5.3.4.2*

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Only approved panic hardware shall be used on door assemblies that are not fire-rated door assemblies. Only approved fire exit hardware shall be used on fire-rated door assemblies. New panic hardware and new fire exit hardware shall comply with ANSI/UL 305.

14.5.3.4.3

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Devices that hold the latch in the retracted position shall be prohibited on fire exit hardware, unless such devices are listed and approved for such a purpose. [101: 7.2.1.7.4]

14.5.4.1*

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A door leaf normally required to be kept closed shall not be secured in the open position at any time and shall be self-closing or automatic-closing in accordance with Section 14.5.4.2, unless otherwise permitted by the Building Code.

14.5.4.2

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In any building doors shall be permitted to be automatic-closing, provided that all of the following criteria are met:
  1. Upon release of the hold-open mechanism, the leaf becomes self-closing.
  2. The release device is designed so that the leaf instantly releases manually and, upon release, becomes self-closing, or the leaf can be readily closed.
  3. The automatic releasing mechanism or medium is activated by the operation of approved smoke detectors installed in accordance with the requirements for smoke detectors for door leaf release service in NFPA 72.
  4. Upon loss of power to the hold-open device, the hold-open mechanism is released and the door leaf becomes self-closing.
  5. The release by means of smoke detection of one door leaf in a stair enclosure results in closing all door leaves serving that stair.

[101: 7.2.1.8.2]

14.5.4.3

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14.6.1.1

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All inside stairs serving as an exit or exit component shall be enclosed in accordance with the Building Code.

14.6.1.2

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14.6.1.3

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14.6.2* Exposures

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14.6.2.1

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14.6.2.2

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14.6.2.3

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Enclosed, usable spaces, within exit enclosures shall be prohibited, including under stairs, unless otherwise permitted by 14.6.3.2. [101: 7.2.2.5.3]
Open space within the exit enclosure shall not be used for any purpose that has the potential to interfere with egress. [101: 7.2.2.5.3.1]
Enclosed, usable space shall be permitted under stairs, provided that both of the following criteria are met:
  1. The space shall be separated from the stair enclosure by the same fire resistance as the exit enclosure.
  2. Entrance to the enclosed, usable space shall not be from within the stair enclosure. (See also 14.3.3.)

[101: 7.2.2.5.3.2]

14.7.1* General

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14.7.2 Enclosure

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An exit passageway that serves as a discharge from a stair enclosure shall have not less than the same fire resistance rating and opening protective fire protection rating as those required for the stair enclosure. [101: 7.2.6.3]

14.7.4.1

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The width of an exit passageway shall be sized to accommodate the aggregate required capacity of all exits that discharge through it as required by the Building Code.

14.7.4.2

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The total capacity of the means of egress for any story, balcony, tier, or other occupied space shall be sufficient for the occupant load thereof. [101: 7.3.1.1.1]
For other than existing means of egress, where more than one means of egress is required, the means of egress shall be of such width and capacity that the loss of any one means of egress leaves available not less than 50 percent of the required capacity. [101: 7.3.1.1.2]

14.8.1.2* Occupant Load Factor

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14.8.1.3 Occupant Load Increases

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14.8.1.3.1

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14.8.1.3.2

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The AHJ shall be permitted to require an approved aisle, seating, or fixed equipment diagram to substantiate any occupant load and shall be permitted to require that such a diagram be posted in an approved location.

14.8.1.4 Exits Serving More Than One Story

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14.8.1.5 Capacity From a Point of Convergence

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14.8.1.6 Egress Capacity From Balconies and Mezzanines

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14.8.2.1

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The width of means of egress shall be in accordance with the Building Code.

14.8.2.2

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14.8.2.3

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14.8.3 Egress Capacity

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14.8.3.1

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14.8.3.3

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14.8.3.4 Minimum Width

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14.8.3.4.1

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The width of any means of egress shall be in accordance with the Building Code.

14.8.3.4.1.1*

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In existing buildings, the width of exit access shall be permitted to be not less than 28 in. (710 mm). [101: 7.3.4.1.2]

14.8.3.4.1.3

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Where a single exit access leads to an exit, its capacity in terms of width shall be not less than the required capacity of the exit to which it leads. [101: 7.3.4.2]

14.8.3.4.3

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Where more than one exit access leads to an exit, each shall have a width adequate for the number of persons the exit accommodates.

14.9.1.1

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14.9.1.2

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The number of means of egress from any story or portion thereof, shall be as follows:
  1. Occupant load more than 500 but not more than 1000 — not less than 3
  2. Occupant load more than 1000 — not less than 4 [101:7.4.1.2]
  3. or as otherwise allowed by the Building Code.

14.9.1.3

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Accessible means of egress shall be in accordance 521 CMR: Architectural Access Board and the Building Code.

14.9.1.4

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14.9.1.5

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14.9.1.6 Elevator Landing and Lobby Exit Access

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14.9.1.6.1

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14.9.1.6.3

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The minimum number of means of egress for working space about electrical equipment, other than existing electrical equipment, shall be in accordance with NFPA 70, Section 110.26(C). [101: 7.4.2.1]
The minimum number of means of egress for working space about electrical equipment, other than existing electrical equipment, shall be in accordance with NFPA 70, Section 110.33(A). [101: 7.4.2.2]
Exits shall be located and exit access shall be arranged so that exits are readily accessible at all times. [101: 7.5.1.1]

14.10.1.1.1*

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Where exits are not immediately accessible from an open floor area, continuous passageways, aisles, or corridors leading directly to every exit such areas shall be maintained.

14.10.1.1.2

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Exit access corridors shall provide access to not less than two approved exits, unless otherwise provided in the Building Code.

14.10.1.1.3

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14.10.1.2

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Corridors shall provide exit access without passing through any intervening rooms other than corridors, lobbies, and other spaces permitted to be open to the corridor, unless otherwise provided in the Building Code.

14.10.1.2.1

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Approved existing corridors that require passage through a room to access an exit shall be permitted to continue to be used, provided that the following criteria are met:
  1. The path of travel is marked in accordance with Section 14.14.
  2. Doors to such rooms shall comply with the Building Code.
  3. Deleted
Corridors that are not required to be fire resistance rated shall be permitted to discharge into open floor plan areas. [101: 7.5.1.2.2]

14.10.1.3

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Remoteness shall be provided in accordance with the Building Code.

14.10.1.3.1

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14.10.1.3.3

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14.10.1.3.5

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14.10.1.3.6

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14.10.1.3.7

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14.10.1.4

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14.10.1.4.1

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14.10.1.5*

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Exit access shall be arranged so that there are no dead ends in corridors, unless permitted by, and limited to the lengths specified in the Building Code.

14.10.1.6

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14.10.2 Impediments to Egress

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14.10.2.1*

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Access to an exit shall not be through kitchens, storerooms other than as provided in the Building Code, restrooms, workrooms, closets, bedrooms, or similar spaces, or other rooms or spaces subject to locking, unless passage through such rooms or spaces is permitted by the Building Code.
Exit access and exit doors shall be designed and arranged to be clearly recognizable. [101: 7.5.2.2]

14.10.2.2.1

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Hangings or draperies shall not be placed over exit doors or located so that they conceal or obscure any exit.

14.10.2.2.2

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14.10.3 Exterior Ways of Exit Access

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14.10.3.1

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14.10.3.2

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14.10.3.3

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14.10.3.4

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14.10.4 Accessible Means of Egress

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14.10.4.1.1

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14.10.4.1.3

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14.10.4.1.4

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14.10.4.2

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14.10.4.2.1

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14.10.4.2.2

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14.10.4.3

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14.10.4.4

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14.10.4.5

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14.10.4.9

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14.11.1* Exit Termination

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Exits shall terminate directly, at a public way.

14.11.1.1

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14.11.1.4

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14.11.2 Exit Discharge Through Interior Building Areas

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Exits shall be permitted to discharge through interior building areas, provided that all of the following are met:
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  3. The interior exit discharge shall lead to a free and unobstructed way to the exterior of the building, and such way shall be readily visible and identifiable from the point of discharge from the exit.
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  5. The entire area on the level of discharge shall be separated from areas below by construction having a fire resistance rating not less than that required for the exit enclosure.
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[101: 7.7.2]

14.11.3.1

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14.11.3.2

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14.11.3.3*

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14.11.4 Components of Exit Discharge

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Doors, stairs, ramps, corridors, exit passageways, bridges, balconies, escalators, moving walks, and other components of an exit discharge shall comply with the Building Code.
See 10.11.3. [101: 7.7.5]

14.11.6 Discharge to Roofs

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14.12.1.1*

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Illumination of means of egress shall be provided in accordance with the Building Code. For the purposes of this requirement, exit access shall include only designated stairs, aisles, corridors, ramps, escalators, and passageways leading to an exit. For the purposes of this requirement, exit discharge shall include only designated stairs, aisles, corridors, ramps, escalators, walkways, and exit passageways leading to a public way.

14.12.1.2

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Illumination of means of egress shall be continuous during the time that the conditions of occupancy require that the means of egress be available for use as required by the Building Code.

14.12.1.2.1

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Artificial lighting shall be employed at such locations and for such periods of time as are necessary to maintain the illumination to the minimum criteria values as required by the Building Code.

14.12.1.2.2*

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14.12.1.2.3*

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Energy-saving sensors, switches, timers, or controllers shall be approved and shall not compromise the continuity of illumination of the means of egress required by the Building Code.

14.12.1.3

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14.12.1.4*

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14.12.1.5

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14.12.2.1

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Illumination of means of egress shall be from a source considered reliable by the Building Code.

14.12.2.2

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Battery-operated electric lights and other types of portable lamps or lanterns shall not be used for primary illumination of means of egress. Battery-operated electric lights shall be permitted to be used as an emergency source to the extent permitted under the Building Code.

14.13.1.1*

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Emergency lighting for means of egress shall be in accordance with the Building Code.
For the purposes of 14.13.1.1, exit access shall include only designated stairs, aisles, corridors, ramps, escalators, and passageways leading to an exit. For the purposes of 14.13.1.1, exit discharge shall include only designated stairs, ramps, aisles, walkways, and escalators leading to a public way. [101: 7.9.1.2]

14.13.1.3

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Where maintenance of emergency illumination depends on changing from one energy source to another, a delay of not more than ten seconds shall be permitted.

14.13.2.1

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Required emergency lighting systems shall be tested in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

14.13.2.1.1

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Written records of tests shall be kept by the owner for inspection by the AHJ.

14.13.2.1.2

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14.13.2.1.3

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14.14.1.1 Where Required

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Means of egress shall be marked in accordance with the Building Code.
Exits, other than main exterior exit doors that obviously and clearly are identifiable as exits, shall be marked by an approved sign that is readily visible from any direction of exit access. [101: 7.10.1.2.1]

14.14.1.2.2*

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Horizontal components of the egress path within an exit enclosure shall be marked by approved exit or directional exit signs where the continuation of the egress path is not obvious. [101: 7.10.1.2.2]

14.14.1.3 Exit Stair Door Tactile Signage

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Tactile signage shall be provided to meet the criteria in accordance with the Building Code.

14.14.1.4 Existing Exemption

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Access to exits shall be marked by approved, readily visible signs in all cases where the exit or way to reach the exit is not readily apparent to the occupants. [101: 7.10.1.5.1]

14.14.1.5.2
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Sign placement shall be in accordance with the Building Code.

14.14.1.6* Floor Proximity Exit Signs

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14.14.1.7* Floor Proximity Egress Path Marking

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Every sign required in Section 14.14 shall be located and of such size, distinctive color, and design that it is readily visible and shall provide contrast with decorations, interior finish, or other signs. No decorations, furnishings, or equipment that impairs visibility of a sign shall be permitted. No brightly illuminated sign (for other than exit purposes), display, or object in or near the line of vision of the required exit sign that could detract attention from the exit sign shall be permitted. [101: 7.10.1.8]

14.14.1.9 Mounting Location

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14.14.2.1

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A sign with a directional indicator showing the direction of travel shall be placed in every location where the direction of travel to reach the nearest exit is not apparent where required by the Building Code.
Directional exit signs shall be provided within horizontal components of the egress path within exit enclosures as required by 14.14.1.2.2. [101: 7.10.2.2]

14.14.3 Sign Legend

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14.14.3.1*

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14.14.3.2*

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14.14.4* Power Source

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14.14.5.1* General

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Every sign required by the Building Code shall be suitably illuminated by a reliable light source. Externally and internally illuminated signs shall be legible in both the normal and emergency lighting mode.

14.14.5.2* Continuous Illumination

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14.14.5.2.1

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14.14.5.2.2*

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14.14.6.1* Size of Signs

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14.14.6.1.1

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14.14.6.1.2

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14.14.6.2* Size and Location of Directional Indicator

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14.14.6.2.1

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14.14.6.2.2

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14.14.6.3* Level of Illumination

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14.14.7 Internally Illuminated Signs

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14.14.7.1 Listing

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14.14.7.2* Photoluminescent Signs

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14.14.8.1 Sign Illumination

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14.14.8.1.1*

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14.14.8.1.2

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14.14.8.2 Characters

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14.14.8.3.1

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Any door, passage, or stairway that is neither an exit nor a way of exit access and that is located or arranged so that it is likely to be mistaken for an exit shall be identified as required by the Building Code.
The NO EXIT sign shall have the word NO in letters 2 in. (51 mm) high, with a stroke width of 3/8 in. (9.5 mm), and the word EXIT in letters 1 in. (25 mm) high, with the word EXIT below the word NO, unless such sign is an approved existing sign. [101: 7.10.8.3.2]

14.15 Secondary Means of Emergency Escape and Rescue

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14.15.1

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Emergency escape and rescue openings shall comply with the Building Code.

14.15.2

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Where approved, the emergency escape and rescue openings, security bars, grates, grilles, or similar devices shall be equipped with approved release mechanisms that are releasable from the inside without the use of a tool, a key, special knowledge, or force greater than that which it takes for normal operation of the door or window.
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