Location of fire escapes
- • accessibility
- • freedom from obstructions
- • buildings of three or more stories
(1) Fire escapes installed after May 28, 1925, shall be located on buildings so as to be as remote from stairways as possible.
(2) In all buildings erected after May 28, 1925, which are occupied at night for sleeping purposes and which require fire escapes, the public corridors shall extend to all fire escapes.
(3) In all buildings existing on May 28, 1925, and in all buildings erected after that date, except those covered by the regulations of subsection (2) of this section, not more than one room shall intervene between a corridor and any fire escape. When a room intervenes between a corridor and the fire escape, the corridor door shall have a glass panel extending from the top rail to the doorknob and the glass shall be of a kind that is easily broken. Any lock on the corridor door shall be of the night latch type which can be opened from the inside without a key. Close to the door, on the corridor side, shall be kept at all times an adequate instrument for breaking the glass, with explanatory label, subject to approval of the State Fire Marshal.
(4) All fire escapes, ladders, stairs, hallways and platforms shall be kept free from encumbrances or obstructions at all times.
(5) In all buildings consisting of three or more stories, except private residences, and which are occupied for sleeping purposes, all unprotected openings such as open stairways, open elevator shafts, dumbwaiters, chutes, light wells or any other unprotected opening shall be effectively enclosed in a manner subject to approval of the State Fire Marshal to prevent the dangerous spread of fire, smoke, gas or heat to corridors leading to fire escapes.
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