Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2009 20:03:04 -0400
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Subject: Re: Exit Requirements
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Your local fire marshal is *always* the best bet on these sorts of things.  There can be local codes on top of state ones.  Also check with your local zoning officials.   I'm sure others on the list can speak to the National and NFPA codes.

In many of the labs at the U of KY, the fume hoods flanked the only door.  So to meet whatever code applied, they installed 1/4" hardboard "crash panels" that you could break through into the next lab (or hallway) if need be.  The area in front of those had to be kept clear, of course.  Not the most elegant solution, and they were maybe 16" wide at most, but to my knowledge they've never been tested.

Rob Toreki

On Apr 15, 2009, at 4:37 PM, Edward Senkbeil wrote:

We are thinking about converting a portion of our Instrument Room to a Faculty Office.  This will however take out one of our two exits for the room.  The room is approximately 13 ft. x 32 ft., and we generally don't allow wet chemistry to occur in the Instrument Room.   There are flammable gas tanks in the room.   Is one exit sufficient or is there specific regulations that I might look at which would stipulate one exit is not sufficient?
I need to convince our administration that safety is an issue.

thank you,
Ed Senkbeil
Chemistry Department
Salisbury University
Salisbury, Maryland

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