I understand that Chapter 7 of NFPA 101 applies to stairs on the means of egress.
However, in the case of a feature stair, does the same dimensional requirements and handrails on both sides still apply?
In theory, should a person be on the feature stair when the fire alarm activates, they would need to traverse the stair to escape and it therefore forms part of the means of egress?
Thanks in advance.
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1/31/2023 08:07:09 am
Dimensionally, ceremonial or feature, stairs still must meet the requirements of the applicable codes.
1/31/2023 08:23:16 am
There are many ways to enable creative designs. If a stair is not a required means of egress, does it have to comply with requirements for a 'required' means of egress? Have a look at NFPA 101 §22.214.171.124. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
Todd E Wyatt
1/31/2023 08:55:12 am
Yes, a “monumental stairway” (MS) can serve as any of the (3) parts of the Means of Egress (MOE) ... as either an Exit Access (EA) Stairway, and an Exit (EX) Stairway, and/or as part of the Exit Discharge (ED) to the Public Way (PW).
1/31/2023 10:42:53 am
In NFPA 101 see 126.96.36.199.1 Stairs used as a component in the means of egress shall conform.....
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