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ShortCodes 4N – Luminous Egress Path Markings

The Von Duprin Safety Glow option meets the model code requirements for luminous egress path markings to indicate the actuating portion of the hardware.

When using an exit stairwell, exit ramp, or exit passageway to evacuate a building, it can be difficult to identify the egress path if there is a problem with the emergency lighting.  To address this issue, sections were added to the 2009 editions of both the International Building Code (IBC) and NFPA 101 – The Life Safety Code.  With the exception of a few modifications, the requirements of the 2012 and 2015 editions are similar to the original sections.

In the IBC, the applicable section is called Luminous Egress Path Markings, and in NFPA 101 it is called Exit Stair Path Markings.  Both sections address markings for stairs, railings, door openings, egress hardware, and other components within the exit enclosure.  Although luminous material is typically applied to the door openings in the field, it is possible to order panic hardware and fire exit hardware with the coating applied to the touchpad.

This Decoded article discusses the specifics of each of the model codes with regard to luminous markings, and defines which doors are required to be marked.  After reading the article, proceed to the quiz questions below.

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ShortCodes Quiz 4N

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