Means of Egress

December 17, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

All buildings have codes for a means of egress. At Specified Building Products Corporation we make sure we are aware of the required building codes for your establishment.

What is a means of egress?

A means of egress is an available path for a person to leave a building, structure or space. This path must be clear and the means of exiting “cannot be subject to locking from the side that people will be leaving.”


A means of egress consists of three different parts:

  1. Exit access: a path from any location within a building to an exit.
  2. Exit: typically a door leading to the outside or an enclosed stairway in a multi-story building.
  3. Exit discharge: a path from the exit to the public way.

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In most establishments, the exit is also the entrance. In other establishments, when that is not the case, the International Building Code requires at least two means of egress from all buildings and spaces. Buildings or spaces with 500 or more occupants must have at least three means of egress and lastly, buildings or spaces with more than 1,000 occupants are required to have at least four means of egress.


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Do you scan for the exits when you go into a new building? Do you know the exits of the buildings that you frequent? If you do not, you should!  Learn more about means of egress from the International Building Code 

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