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A Guide to Code-Compliant Emergency Exits July 12, 2019

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A Guide to Code-Compliant Emergency Exits, Anchorage, Alaska

As a business owner, you’re responsible for the safety and well-being of your employees. That’s why OSHA requires commercial properties to have working emergency and exit lighting and a plan in place in the event of an incident. Below is a comprehensive guide to ensure that your building is code-compliant.

What Is an Emergency Exit?

Emergency exits refer to doors in a building designed specifically for use in an emergency; they lead directly to the outside. Directions should be provided to employees and guests directing them towards the nearest one. For example, in hotels, a map with designated exits is usually affixed to the back of the room’s door.

What Are the Structural Requirements?

emergency and exit lightingEvery building must have at least two emergency exits; this will change according to the number of occupants that the building can contain. A certified fire safety expert can help you determine how many that is for your space. These doors must also be made with fire-resistant materials and lead directly to a street, walkway, or open space. Furthermore, people should be able to see an exit door or directions to an exit door at all times. The exit signs, themselves, must be lighted with each letter no less than six inches high.

How Can I Stay Compliant?

Have an annual fire inspection to ensure that your system meets local, state, and federal ordinances. During this walk-through, the professional will advise on any changes that must be made in order for your business to remain compliant. This can include installing or replacing emergency and exit lighting. 


If you’re looking to install new emergency and exit lighting in your commercial workplace, turn to the experts at GMW Fire Protection. For over 15 years, this locally-owned and -operated company has served businesses throughout Anchorage, AK, and the surrounding areas. From fire alarms and extinguishers and sprinkler systems, you can count on this team for quality equipment. Call (907) 336-5000 today to schedule an inspection or visit their website to learn more about their emergency and exit lighting. 

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