Paul Timm of Allegion sent me this photo, and it illustrates a really great question about doors in a means of egress.  I’ve been asked about it before, but have not found a great answer to point to in the codes.

If we ignore the double-cylinder deadbolt for the time being, the question is this…with the door propped open, the exit is almost completely obstructed.  Even if the door was just opened during an evacuation to allow egress from the locker room, it would create a major bottleneck in this area.

In my opinion, this doesn’t meet the intent of the model codes, but is there a specific code requirement that would prevent this type of layout?


blocked egress in a school

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