What Does Means of Escape Mean?
A means of escape is a clear, ongoing and obstruction free way to get from any area within a structure to an outside area. There are three parts to a means of escape:
- Exit access
- The exit
- Exit discharge
For a building to be safe, it must have a sufficient number of means of escape. To work out, the number of exits that are required for a building, calculate the capacity of the exits on a floor. That number should be the same as or greater than the total occupant load for that floor.