(a) Doors used in connection with exits, exit
discharge or exit access shall be of substantial construction, installed in a
workmanlike manner, fitted with reliable hardware and shall be of the
side-hinged, vertical hung, swinging type.
(b) Exit, exit access and exit discharge
doors shall swing out with the exit travel except that exit access doors from
individual rooms need not swing with exit travel when the room occupancy is
less than 50 persons.
which lead into the path of travel from other areas shall be located so that
they do not encroach more than 8 inches upon the required width of such path of
travel when at their full open position.
All exit and exit discharge doors shall
be provided with panic hardware or fire exit hardware.
(1) The actuating portion of the panic
hardware or fire exit hardware shall be a minimum of 1/2 of the width of the
door leaf and shall be mounted between 30 inches to 44 inches above the floor.
The latch shall be released when a force not to exceed 15 pounds is applied to
the actuating device in the direction of exit travel. No lock or other device
which prevents egress shall be permitted on the doors during any period of
(2) Main entrance doors
do not require panic hardware when the doors are unlocked and ready for use
when the building is occupied. Not more than one door or group of doors at one
location can be considered as main entrance doors.
(e) All doors shall have a minimum clear
width opening of 32 inches. All doors required by Chapters 49-59 (relating to
administration-buildings; general requirements-buildings; A-1 assembly;
Division A-2 assembly; Division A-3 assembly; Group B educational; Division C-1
health care institutions; Division C-2 hotels, motels, apartment buildings;
Division C-3 small group habitation; Division C-4 single exit apartments;
Division C-5 prisons, jails, reformatories, and houses of corrections; Division
D-O ordinary commercial, industrial, office; and D-H hazardous commercial,
industrial, office) shall be a minimum of 6 feet, 8 inches in height.
(f) All exterior doors leading to grade shall
have a landing at least 3 feet square but in no case may the landing be smaller
than the door which it serves.
Stairs shall be provided where the exterior grade is more than 8 inches below
the floor level. These stairs shall comply with §
(relating to intercommunicating stairway).
(h) Every door to a stairway shall have a
landing on both sides of the door at least as wide as the stair.
(i) Approved collapsible revolving doors may
be used as exits; however, they may not constitute more than 50% of the
required exit width. The clear width of the opening, when the doors are in a
collapsed position, shall be used in determining the number of units of width
to be allowed for each revolving door.