In emergencies it is vital that all occupants be able to evacuate the building as quickly and orderly as possible. This requires immediate access to building exits without obstructions or hazards that might impede or delay egress. All occupied areas within a building must have a continuous, clear and unobstructed path through the space to the building exterior.
In order to maintain readily available exits, it is important to not place anything within the exit path or anywhere that it might reduce the width of doorways or corridors. For more information, please review APM 35.23: Exits and exit access requirements.
Corridors are not intended to be occupied spaces, and should not be used for any purpose that would interfere with building exiting. Never place anything in corridors without specific approval. Please carefully review the Corridor Use Exemption form (Word) before placing items within corridors.
When it is necessary to evacuate a building due to a fire alarm or other emergency, it is critical that all occupants are able to do so in a timely manner. This requires a clear and unobstructed path to the building exterior (see Corridor Use Exemption form - Word) and a plan known and executed by all occupants.
All University employees and students should be aware of emergency evacuation procedures. The Environmental Health and Safety Office has developed general emergency evacuation procedures, and each department should supplement these procedures with departmental specific information. These procedures should be posted in every department and distributed to all building occupants.
For more information, please review APM 35.21: Fire Emergencies and Response and APM 35.22: Emergency Evacuation Procedures.