As we have seen with school security, times of crisis can motivate change – sometimes without consideration for the adopted codes and referenced standards. Since we can’t see the floor plan of this health care facility it’s impossible to know for sure whether this “fix” is code-compliant, but it is believed to be a main path of egress from the other side of the barrier to the stairwell shown in the photo.
Facility managers need to carefully consider changes made to prevent virus transmission, which could affect egress, fire protection, and accessibility. I applaud the person who contacted me yesterday, asking for help in making the hardware on their fire doors less “hands-on”, to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus without violating the fire door requirements.
Thank you to Resolute LLC for today’s Fixed-it Friday photo!