Are you one of those people who reads a magazine as the flight attendant gives the safety spiel for the 100th time? Do you even glance at the emergency exit route maps posted on hotel doors? It’s easy to keep the “It won’t happen to me” attitude, until it’s happening. Then, you’ll wish with all you’re heart you were more prepared.
So, do you know how to safely exit your workplace in an emergency? Do you know an alternate route in case the first option is inaccessible?
Egress Codes: Know Your Way Out
To protect your safety, egress codes (codes that direct the design of building exits) have been set in place, ensuring public spaces are prepared for worst-case scenarios. These codes (which you can Reference Here) include things like:
- Maximum occupancy of a room, depending on the number of exits.
- Exit door(s) location in relationship with rooms, corridors, stair enclosures, etc.
- Types of hardware that can be used on exit and emergency exit doors.
- And so on.
If you thought finding a car in Boston’s public garages was a challenge, imagine what exiting a commercial district building and making your way to safety will be like during an emergency. Becoming familiar with egress codes keeps you, your co-workers and your workplace more safe.
Does your workplace:
- Have doors that open readily from the interior of the building?
- Do they lead to an exit corridor, exist stairway or directly outside?
- Is door hardware easy to operate in an emergency?
If you answered, “no,” to any of the above questions, there is a chance your workplace isn’t built to code and action should be taken immediately.
Contact LS&A Architecture and Interiors to design safe live and work spaces.