Back3.4.7.3.(1)

ATTRIBUTION:

Functional Statement:

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To facilitate the timely movement of persons to a safe place in an emergency.

Objective:

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APPLICATION:

Access to fire escapes referred to in Sentence 3.4.7.1.(2), where:
This applies to fire escapes serving floor areas that are intended for occupancy, including mezzanines as stated in Sentence 3.4.2.2.(1), in buildings described in Sentence 1.3.3.2.(1) of Division A.
This also applies to:

INTENT:

To limit the probability of delays in gaining access to fire escapes from floor areas in an emergency situation, which could lead to delays in the evacuation or movement of persons to a safe place, which could lead to harm to persons.

ATTRIBUTION:

Most technical provisions of the BC Fire Code describe how the code’s objectives and functional statements are achieved. However, some provisions, like this one, do not relate directly to a code objective. The following analysis is provided to assist in understanding of the provision.

 

APPLICATION:

Access to fire escapes referred to in Sentence 3.4.7.1.(2) from a dwelling unit through a casement window having an unobstructed opening not less than 1 100 mm high by 550 mm wide with a sill height of not more than 900 mm above the inside floor, where:
This applies to fire escapes serving floor areas that are intended for occupancy, including mezzanines as stated in Sentence 3.4.2.2.(1), in buildings described in Sentence 1.3.3.2.(1) of Division A.
This also applies to:

INTENT:

To exempt casement windows in dwelling units from the requirement in the first part of Sentence 3.4.7.3.(1) that access to a fire escape is required to be through a door, on the basis that the occupants should be familiar with the method of operating the window and gaining access to the fire escape.