ABSTRACT

Coffee Break Training: Means of Egress: Assembly Seat Spacing   [open pdf - 337KB]

"Timely evacuation of large numbers of persons from sports, theater, and other entertainment venues is an essential requirement for life safety, and is influenced by the configuration of seats and aisle accessways in the means of egress. The aisle 'accessway' is that portion of the means of egress that leads to an aisle: in this case the space in front of the seats. According to the model fire and building codes, where seating rows have 14 or fewer seats, the minimum clear aisle accessway width must be 12 inches (305 mm) measured as the 'clear horizontal distance from the back of the row ahead and the nearest projection on the row behind.' This wordy description simply means measure in a straight line from one seat back to the armrest or seat in the next row."

Report Number:
Coffee Break Training - Fire Protection Series No. FP-2011-10-REV
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Date:
2011-03-08
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Public Domain
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United States Fire Administration: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/
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pdf
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