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How many fire exit doors are required?

Last Updated: 17th May, 2020

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Normally, a workplace must have at least two exit routes to permit prompt evacuation of employees and other building occupants during an emergency. More than two exits are required, however, if the number of employees, size of the building, or arrangement of the workplace will not allow employees to evacuate safely.

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Similarly, how many fire doors are required?

Maximum number of persons Minimum number of escape routes/ exits
60 1
600 2
More than 600 3

Likewise, how many exit doors are required in a warehouse? two exits

Thereof, can you use a fire exit as a normal door?

We're sometimes asked, incidentally, whether a designated fire exit can also legally be used as a regular entrance/exit door i.e. for every day use. The answer is yes it can – indeed the fact that it is in daily use makes it ideal as an escape route as its location is well known.

What are the main requirements for exits?

Exit routes must be at least 28 inches wide at all points. Exit routes must be unobstructed and free from clutter. Adequate lighting (including emergency lighting) must be provided so that an employee with normal vision can see along the exit route. Each exit must be clearly visible and marked by a sign reading “Exit”.

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Are fire doors a legal requirement in flats?

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Do bathrooms need fire doors?

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What is the difference between fire exit and emergency exit?

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What's the difference between a fire door and a fire exit?

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Should fire doors be kept closed?

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How wide should a fire exit door be?

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What class is a fire door?

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Can a sliding door be a fire door?

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