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Means of Egress

Means of Egress

The means of egress within a building or structure continuous is a path of travel from any point to a required exit and discharge to a public way.

A means of egress comprises the vertical and horizontal ways of travel and includes intervening room spaces, doorways, hallways, corridors, passageways, balconies, ramps, stairs, enclosures, lobbies, escalators, horizontal exits, courts, and yardsNational Institutes of Health (USA) - Means of Egress - https://tools.niehs.nih.gov/wetp/public/Course_download2.cfm?tranid=2461 (25/2/2021).

Part 2 of Schedule 8 of the Building Regulations (Vic) 2018 describes the following categories for Means of Egress as follows;

  1. Paths of travel to exits;
  2. Discharge from exits (including paths of travel from open spaces to the public roads to which they are connected);
  3. Exits (including fire-isolated stairways and ramps, non fire-isolated stairways and ramps, stair treads, balustrades and handrails associated with exits, and fire-isolated passageways);
  4. Smoke lobbies to fire-isolated exits;
  5. Open access ramps or balconies for fire-isolated exits;
  6. Doors (other than fire or smoke doors) in a required exit, forming part of a required exit or in a path of travel to a required exit, and associated self-closing, automatic closing and latching mechanisms.


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