Maybe reading Life Safety Codes is not your cup of tea, but the changes in 2012 can make seating access a lot easier for many places. Previously, wall mounted furniture could not be placed or allowed in hallways. Regardless of the mechanisms, any item that projected into the space was pretty well forbidden.
Fortunately, with so many organizations using wall mounted desks and needing seating, the 2012 Life Safety Code, 220.127.116.11 (5) now reflect the ability to have wall attached seating! Now, of course there are some conditions, the corridor width must be at least 8 ft and the furniture must be securely attached to the floor or to the wall; and it can’t reduce the corridor to less than than 6 ft. There are a few more rules…like keeping them all to one side and not having too many and not too close (at least 10 feet apart). Of course, the furniture cannot obstruct fire equipment either!
So now the extra good news, EZ-Rest Retractable Folding Chair was specially designed to do just this! Our product attaches to the floor and the wall, takes up minimal space – just 3 1/4″ from the wall and the 2012 LSC allows projections in to the corridor up to 6”. When in use, EZ-Rest only extends 14 inches into the corridor. Plus it is made of metal and fully non-combustible! At last a solution for corridor seating!
So- if your organization has been struggling with hallway seating or finding a place for nurses to sit while charting on portable computers on wheels- look no further. See the latest changes in Kansas Lifesafety-Codeculture-Change summary and check with your local officials.