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Sliding Door to Gift Shop

by Brad Keyes, CHSP, on Feb 3, 2021 1:00:00 AM

Q: Our auxiliary ladies' gift shop has an accordion-style door on one side that opens into the corridor. This door is made out of wood. The gift shop is smaller than the 500 square feet so I assume we could just remove the door all together; however, that leaves all of the items in the gift shop unprotected. Is our only option to replace this with a side folding security grille or door?

A: The accordion-style door is not legal as doors in the means of egress must be side-hinged and swinging type. Sections 7.2.1.4.1 and 19.2.2.2.10.2 of the 2012 Life Safety Code do allow an exception that permits sliding doors if the door serves less than 10 occupants.  

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