PURPOSE: To provide a means of egress from any part of a building.
REQUIREMENTS: To provide sufficient and safe egress from a building, with a minimum of effort and delay, and to present a minimum of obstruction in an exit path.
- An exit door must be capable of simple operation to fulfill its designed purpose. An exit door may be a swinging door or could be a sliding door. Sliding doors may be manually operated or power operated.
- Swinging doors must be able to be opened readily without a key, from the side facing a person seeking their way out, by a single-handed downward or pushing action on a single device located
- It could be fitted with a fail-safe device that unlocks the door automatically when any sprinkler, smoke or heat detector system is activated in the building.
- Sliding doors must be able to be opened manually with ease and
- If power operated: – Must be able to be opened manually with ease if there is a malfunction of failure of the power source; and
- If they lead directly to road or open space, they must open automatically if there is a power failure to the door or on the activation of a fire or smoke alarm anywhere in the fire compartment served by the door.
MAINTENANCE CHECKS: Maintenance checks should be carried out to ensure that exit doors comply as follows: –
- Swinging Doors:
- Fitted with hardware that conforms to the requirements of the Building Code of Australia, Section D (the hardware necessary to enable operation as outlined above).
- Sliding doors:
- Open doors manually and confirm doors can be opened with ease; and
- If power operated:
- Perform a Basic check to confirm that the Auto function is operating correctly
- Simulate power failure and open doors manually. Confirm door can be opened with ease.
- If they lead directly to road or open space:
- Simulate any Manual Exit Button Operation
- fire alarm within the fire compartment and confirm that doors open automatically. ****(This is performed via fire services contractor) ****.