In the event of a fire the entire escape route, up to and including the final exit from a building must remain free from obstruction, at all times.
The final exits on an escape route in a public building are known as the fire exits.
The final fire exit doors should open easily, immediately and to a place of safety outside the building.
A fire exit door has to be easy to operate from the inside to ensure a fast and safe exit from the building. therefore it is not possible to lock these doors, whilst securing the doors from the outside.
Below are examples of 2 common methods of fire exit equipment :
All fire exit routes need to be well lit and clearly signed with easily recognisable images and/or words (see an example below).