I'm in Code Enforcement in New York. I've never been completely comfortable as to where strobes are required in "common use and public use" areas.
I'm not talking about the obvious locations such as open areas, corridors , restrooms, conference rooms, etc. I'm talking smaller enclosed rooms such as offices, pantries, copy rooms, file rooms etc.
The definition of "Common Use" in the New York State Building Code is "Interior or exterior circulation paths, rooms, spaces or elements that are not for public use and are made available for the shared use of two or more people".
With respect to rooms, does "shared use of two or more people" relate to stations, desks, cubicles, etc, where people normally sit and/or work?
Or does it mean any space where at least two people can be in the room at the same time for any duration?
Another example is a doctor's office that has exam rooms that is classified as a Group B occupancy. The patient and medical professional can be in the room, or the patient can be alone for a period of time.
Should we consider exam rooms as public space?
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