You asked: Can I use a fire exit as a normal door?

Can a fire exit be used as a normal exit?

We’re sometimes asked, incidentally, whether a designated fire exit can also legally be used as a regular entrance/exit door i.e. for every day use. The answer is yes it can – indeed the fact that it is in daily use makes it ideal as an escape route as its location is well known.

Can emergency exits be used as normal doors?

Unless used on buildings with certain applications that allow delayed or controlled egress, they must allow free egress. Though they must meet certain safety standards, fire doors may be used for normal daily use at exterior entry points and interior locations within the building.

Are fire exit doors allowed to be propped open?

It is also against the law. The only safe way for fire doors to be held open is with special devices that release them to close automatically when the fire alarm is activated. When fire doors are wedged or propped open, businesses are at risk of fines, but more seriously, it puts people’s lives in danger.

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Is it illegal to use emergency exit?

Is it illegal to say, “You can only use this exit in an emergency?” Absolutely not. Emergency exits are so designated by the property owners or managers. If an exit is marked as an emergency exit, it should not be used for non-emergency ingress or egress.

What is the maximum distance to a fire exit?

Government guidelines state that, if there is only one escape route, the travel distance should not be more than 18 metres. This reduces to 12 metres where there is a high risk of fire starting or spreading but can be increased to around 25 metres in low risk areas.

What are the requirements for an emergency exit?

Normally, a workplace must have at least two exit routes to permit prompt evacuation of employees and other building occupants during an emergency. More than two exits are required, however, if the number of employees, size of the building, or arrangement of the workplace will not allow employees to evacuate safely.

What are the requirements for a fire exit?

What is a fire exit?

  • Lead directly as possible to a safe place, such as outside or into a protected stairwell.
  • Be quick and easy to open and never locked or fastened in a way that prevents an immediate evacuation.
  • Open in the direction of escape.
  • Not be a sliding or revolving door.

Why do exit doors open out?

Most emergency doors open “outwards” from the building to outside the building, regardless of where the hinges are placed. They have “crash bar” handles on the inside and locking handles on the outside to reduce theft. Of course, thieves can have an accomplice inside open-and-block to permit theft.

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Can a roller shutter door be a fire exit?

No reference to roller shutters is included in BS 7273. It has been proposed to install a roller shutter door that is going to be a designated fire exit. The roller shutter will provide the only exit from an external enclosed area that forms part of the escape route away from the building to a place of ultimate safety.

Where should fire exit signs be placed?

All commercial premises must display a Fire Action Notice. Best practice guidelines recommend that you display a Fire Action Notice next to every Fire Alarm call-point, and at every final exit door, where they are most likely to be seen in the event of fire.

Can you block a fire exit?

Fire exit doors must never be blocked, even temporarily. Exit routes should never be blocked by materials, equipment, or locked doors, or have dead-end corridors. All safeguards used to protect employees during an emergency must be maintained and in good working order.