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Old 12-04-2012, 10:45 PM   #1
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Can anyone quote me a bit of the National Building Code re requirements for laying out emergency lighting & exits? I do not have a copy of the code (and do not wish to purchase one as an apprentice, and my boss's answers to my questions lack confidence. Here is what I'm operating on at present:

Exit sign must be visible from the doorway of any office / room?

Emergency lighting must be placed every 25' in the space?
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:39 PM   #2
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You're an apprentice and your boss thinks you should know National Building Code? What a ****. He's probably being like that, because he has no idea himself.

I don't know much about emergency lights and exits, outside of CEC, so I just put the stuff where the prints show it.

The rules surely must vary quite a bit depending on the type and size of structure you are constructing.

Try these:

http://www.emergencylighting.ca/docu...s-Lighting.pdf

http://www.tnb.ca/en/brands/lumacell...ng_Code_EN.pdf

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You're an apprentice and your boss thinks you should know National Building Code? What a ****. He's probably being like that, because he has no idea himself.

I don't know much about emergency lights and exits, outside of CEC, so I just put the stuff where the prints show it.

The rules surely must vary quite a bit depending on the type and size of structure you are constructing.

Try these:

http://www.emergencylighting.ca/docu...s-Lighting.pdf

http://www.tnb.ca/en/brands/lumacell...ng_Code_EN.pdf
Thanks.

I'm not required to know / buy the (building) code, just not satisfied with the info I get sometimes. Thanks for the links!
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Ahh... yeah, it's probably because most of us have never even opened the NBC, so we don't even know what's in it. lol

I wish I could get my hands on some contractors old book that they can't use anymore. It would be nice to have a reference, if even outdated.
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I am not exactly sure the actual code requirements but you need to provide an adequate amount of light to allow the ability to see your way out in an emergency. The exit signs must be visible from whichever direction you would be coming from, basically common sense should enable you to make these decisions if you have to, most prints already include locations, but I've done tons of jobs that didn't. After awhile in the trade you just know the best place to put them after doing enough of them. You basically have to imagine trying to leave a place that has no power and lights are out, where would light the room up, and put your exits in where you think if makes sense. Good luck.
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Briefly, an average of 10 lx and not less than 1 lx at floor level on all principal routes to an exit.
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Rumor has it that exits will be mounted at floor height come next code book. Makes sense when you think about it
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Rumor has it that exits will be mounted at floor height come next code book. Makes sense when you think about it
I've seen that in a few hotels. Makes total sense, doesn't mean that asshole still won't kick it in when he passes it cause it makes him feel "cool".

Yea, all the exits in that hotel at that height were destroyed…


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They still had exits at "normal" height too
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In Saginaw, Michigan the Four Points hotel has the exit signs near the the floor, I thought it was strange but as long as you know where to look for one when you need one.
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In Saginaw, Michigan the Four Points hotel has the exit signs near the the floor, I thought it was strange but as long as you know where to look for one when you need one.
The idea being if there's a fire and smoke is filling up the hallway, that's all you'll be able to see. Crawl on the floor and look for the exit signs.

Totally makes sense and seems like a good idea to save lives.
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