Joe Hendry of Navigate360 sent me today’s Wordless Wednesday photo, taken in a school classroom.  Clearly, it is a marked exit that is blocked with stored materials.

But I’ve been trying to be more intentionally curious these days, so I’m wondering…under what circumstances would this classroom require a second exit?  Whether we’re talking about a connecting door between classrooms, or a secondary exit leading directly to the exterior, when are these openings required to comply with the codes?

How do we know whether a second door in a classroom is for convenience, or whether it is provided for egress purposes?  Knowing the difference between the two is the key for choosing the correct hardware – particularly for the doors between classrooms.

I have some ideas, but first…tell me what you think. 

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