An Accessible Means of Egress

Disability Access Consultants

Definition

An accessible means of egress has best been defined as a “continuous and unobstructed way of egress travel from any point in a building or facility that provides an accessible route to an area of refuge, a horizontal exit, or a public way”. I like to think of it as a way out for all occupants, regardless of their abilities.

Person using a Wheechair in Fire Refuge using Communications

Parts of an Accessible Means of Egress

The International Building Code 2009 says that there are key parts of an accessible means of egress, and these can include one or more of the following components:

  • Accessible routes, including horizontal exits, and ramps
  • Internal and external exit stairs
  • Evacuation lifts
  • Platform lifts
  • Refuge Areas

Australian Requirements

My book, “Evacuation of People with Disability & Emergent Limitations: Considerations for Safer Buildings & Efficient Evacuations” discusses this in detail. There are many issues that are not considered and are ultimately putting building…

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