Blocked Exits

A means of egress is required to be kept clear of obstructions so it can be used in the case of fire or other emergency. At this time of year special attention is needed to ensure that all means of egress are kept clear of snow and ice at all times that the building is occupied. During the holidays make sure that decorations and Christmas trees do not obstruct the means of egress or block the visibility of where a means of egress is located. These code requirements are found in sections NFPA 1:14.4.1, 14.4.1.1 & 14.4.2.1 (2003).

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