Fire Escape Insurance & Liability

IT’S THE LAW- Fire Escape Law

Certification by Load Test or other evidence of strength must be submitted to the AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) every five years as required by the National Codes. Property owners are at risk of losing insurance coverage and/or being liable should they fail certification for maintaining a fire escape as structurally sound and kept painted.

As a property owner or manager, it's important to understand the fire escape law and the potential insurance and liability risks associated with non-compliance. The National Codes require certification by load test or other evidence of strength to be submitted to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) every five years.

Failure to maintain a fire escape system as structurally sound and properly painted can result in a loss of insurance coverage and potential liability for any injuries or damages that occur as a result of non-compliance. In order to maintain compliance, property owners should ensure that their fire escape system is regularly inspected and properly maintained, and that any necessary repairs or restorations are completed in a timely manner.

It's also important to work with certified fire escape engineers and suppliers to ensure that all components and connectors used in the construction or restoration of the fire escape system meet the necessary standards and codes. By staying up-to-date on fire escape laws and regulations and proactively maintaining your system, you can help ensure the safety of your occupants and protect yourself from potential insurance and liability risks.

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