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#163834 - 05/18/07 09:27 AM Door swing on utility rooms
mikesh Offline

Registered: 06/07/06
Posts: 614
Loc: Victoria, BC, Canada
I just had a discussion with one of our building inspectors regarding the direction a door swings from an electrical room or other utility room. I have an electrical room in a high fault part of the downtown. The door swings into the electrical room and I think that if there was a large energy fault like an arc blast or arc fault where an electricain might be set on fire would present a hazard to the workers. The BI mentioned a worker that drown in a sprinkler room because he could not open the door against the weight of the water.

There does not seem to be a Canadian building code reference that speaks to this. Any other codes address this and how? What about panic hardware? I expect a burning electrician or gas worker might have a problem turning a door knob and pulling the door in in a state of panic. Heck I don't think to many people can remember Stop drop and roll to smother flames.

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#163838 - 05/18/07 11:29 AM Re: Door swing on utility rooms [Re: mikesh]
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NEC has a requirement for panic hardware and 2 doors opening out, but it's only applicable for 1200A and above.
It's 110.26C2.


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