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|Author(s):||J H. Klote;|
|Title:||Elevators as a Means of Fire Escape|
|Published:||May 01, 1982|
|Abstract:||This paper is the initial report of an ongoing project at NBS to investigate the use of elevators as a means of fire escape for the handicapped. The use of stairwells for fire evacuation poses a problem for people who cannot use stairs because of physical disabilities. This paper discusses some of the major problems associated with the use of elevators as a means of fire exit and proposes a conceptual solution to those problems. A report is made on field test of four buildings with elevator protection systems. These protection systems and their interactions with other systems are examined.|
|Keywords:||elevators (lifts), evacuation, building fires, egress, handicapped, pressurization, smoke control, stairwells|
|Research Areas:||Building and Fire Research|
|PDF version:||Click here to retrieve PDF version of paper (518KB)|