Fire Codes: Using Elevators for Evacuation?

New York City’s Fire, Buildings, and City Planning Departments are composing rules to govern occupant-evacuation elevators that can be used to evacuate tall buildings in emergencies and fires, according to a recent report.

The New York Times ( said the revision would upend decades of codes and practices based on the notion that elevators are dangerous and undependable in emergency situations.

Edward T. Ferrier, the deputy assistant chief of fire prevention, told the newspaper that the fire department‘s attitude toward¬† occupant-evacuation elevators in high-rise structures was “positive.” The change would take considerable re-education regarding using elevators to evacuate skyscrapers and other tall buildings.

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