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Fire exits in schools

Guest Tom

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In a large primary school they have fire exits in each classroom, but all the exits have push pads. I thought that any building that has more than 60 people in must have push bars on the doors. As each class as it’s own fire exit door would push pads be allowed as there is 30 people in a class? 

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It's not the total number in the building that dictates fastenings and direction of opening but the number realistically likely to need to use them. Unless things get really bad in education it's unlikely a classroom direct exit will be used by more than 60 persons and evacuation will be staff led so an EN179 push pad exit device would be accepted.

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