Michael Hazell

NFPA Journal looks at the problem of elevator lobby egress

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Sep 23, 2011

From the September/October 2011 issue of NFPA Journal®

By Chip Carson, P.E.

In compliance Even though elevator lobby egress is more of a problem today as a result of an array of heightened security concerns, it’s an aspect of building safety that’s sometimes overlooked.

It’s not unusual for elevator lobbies to become security buffer zones. For example, the doors from the elevator lobby may be secured, requiring the use of a card swipe or cipher lock to enter the floor. If you don’t have your access card or don’t know the access code, this creates a locked elevator lobby from which the only way out is the elevator. This could potentially trap occupants in the elevator lobby, especially if the elevators are returned to the ground floor under Phase I emergency elevator operation.

Read Chip's entire article in the new issue of NFPA Journal.

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