Means of egress 300 apartment unit


I am in the middle of a debate over means of egress. NFPA 101 2015 Chapter 7 Means of Egress - Excerpt: Raised thresholds and floor level changes in excess of 1/4 in. (6.3 mm) at door openings shall be beveled with a slope not steeper than 1 in 2.

This issue came up during a fire inspection where 300 units apartment is being cited because some homeowners raised their floors during floor installation and the contractors simply decided to cut the bottom of the doors. :joy:

If I am reading this right, instead of cutting the bottom of the doors, they should have simply installed a beveled threshold with a slope not steeper that 1 in 2". Am I reading this right?

Two words… Trip Hazard

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You read it correctly, however, and especially in older buildings, you will find it as not enforced/beveled per code.