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  •  I believe BOCA (bare minimum in most areas) (4+ / 0-)

    requires outswinging doors at 50 occupancy.  Many states and municipalities have codes tighter than BOCA.

    Illinois Life Safety Sec. 175/185 requires outswinging doors at 20 occupancy which would affect any school exits built or remodeled after 1960.

    Illinois Life safety also requires that all classroom doors must remain unlocked from the inside and easily operable by children.

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (John Boner, Paul Ryan, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

    by Eman on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:56:55 PM PST

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    •  That is specific to Illinois (0+ / 0-)

      and beyond the usual requirement.

      There are very few subjects which do not interest or fascinate me.

      by NYFM on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 11:21:19 PM PST

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      •  Yes, that is what I said in the first post. (0+ / 0-)

        But Illinois is NOT unusual.  The BOCA code is not a standard, but looked at by many as the bare minimum.  States with more dense populations tend to have better Life Safety codes for children and public places.  

        Some of the well-meaning suggestions in this thread have negative rather than positive life safety implications.  In the case of Illinois, a tragic school fire in 1958 where children were trapped in rooms and died led this state and others to greatly increase life safety in schools.

        I am pleased that so many people are becoming concerned and helping the discussion along.  People just need to understand that often what looks like a simple fix is complicated for good reason.

        "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty (John Boner, Paul Ryan, or Scotty Walker (pick your favorite) said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less."

        by Eman on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 08:41:22 AM PST

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