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Chapter summary: Means of Egress

The Life Safety Code exists today primarily because a number of devastating, catastrophic fires focused national attention on the fire problem and the inadequacies of life safety features in buildings. In each of the fires listed below, a lack of consideration for life safety features in building construction, especially exit facilities, was a major factor in the magnitude of fire deaths. Although improvements in life safety that resulted from these and other devastating fires formed the basis of the Code, the Code also addresses life safety for similar ...
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