Fire Escape Safety

Fire Escape Safety Why do I need an engineer to say my fire escape is safe? Around 2011, the International Fire Code was changed. This new and updated code now requires that all fire escapes need to be painted and inspected every five years. The driving force behind the update of the code is that fire escapes are aging, and in order to keep them safe a routine fire escape inspection and painting program is necessary. Fire escapes are an essential aspect of ensuring you and your occupants are safe. Unfortunately the fact remains that many of the fire escapes

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Fire Escape Failure

When fire escapes fail, the results can be catastrophic. Stanley Forman’s infamous fire escape collapse photo showcases just how deadly fire escape failure can be. So what causes fire escapes to fail?

What Causes Fires Escapes to Fail?​
The main cause of fire escape failure is water and temperature. As we’ve discussed previously, all fire escapes are made from noncombustible materials and most are made with steel. Steel is subject to rusting. The rust will cause the steel to deteriorate and in many cases delaminate.

Delamination occurs when the layers of steel separate from each other. This separation greatly weakens

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Fire Escape Maintenance

Fire escape maintenance is important. It’s not something that you often think about but most of the fire escapes you see today are decades old. The first United states fire escape system was patented in 1898. Since then, fire escapes have become the primary means of emergency egress for many commercial and residential buildings throughout the country. As stated above, most of the fire escapes you see today have been around for many years. The good news is that a properly maintained fire escape will last over 100 years. However, improperly maintained fire escapes will degenerate much faster. This leads

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