The home I inspected yesterday had two exterior doors in the dining room. Both were full glass doors, and had interior keyed deadbolts. I can’t find a specific code, only that the egress door has to be operated without a key. One could argue the front door is the egress, so the back doors can have keys. I think they are a fire safety hazard, because a panicked person in a smoke filled room may not be able to operated the key, and because one key fits both doors, and the key is left in one door or the other.
Anybody have an opinion as to whether it’s actually against a code, or if I’m just being a picky Deal Killer?
Ok ! Code junkies!.. I hate alarmest !
I have it on my home,but…
Call it out without freaking everyone out !
One or more exterior egress doors use "keyed deadbolt locks " on the inside. Although commonly used for security against intruders, this is not a good practice, and can obstruct or impede egress out of the home in case of an emergency. Some building standards require egress doors to have keyless operation from the inside. For safety purposes, all exterior locks on egress doors should be thumb-latched on the inside.
The Law! Oh my !
R311.1 Means of egress. All dwellings shall be provided with
a means of egress as provided in this section. The means of
egress shall provide a continuous and unobstructed path of vertical
and horizontal egress travel from all portions of the dwelling
to the exterior of the dwelling at the required egress door
without requiring travel through a garage.
R311.2 Egress door. At least one egress door shall be provided
for each dwelling unit. The egress door shall be side-hinged,
and shall provide a minimum clear width of 32 inches (813
mm) when measured between the face of the door and the stop,
with the door open 90 degrees (1.57 rad). The minimum clear
height of the door opening shall not be less than 78 inches
(1981 mm) in height measured from the top of the threshold to
the bottom of the stop. Other doors shall not be required to
comply with these minimum dimensions. Egress doors shall be
readily openable from inside the dwelling without the use of a
key or special knowledge or effort.