The Nashville Fire Department Fire Marshal Reminds Big Box Retailers of Fire Regulations
Joseph Pleasant; Public Information Officer
Retailers reminded not to block exits while promoting social distancing
The Nashville Fire
Department is reminding retail locations to adhere to Nashville Fire Codes
while promoting social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19.
During these challenging times, the Fire Marshal’s
Office (FMO) understands the importance of utilizing social distancing to help
protect the community as well as ourselves from contracting COVID-19.
The FMO understands the situation continues to
rapidly evolve and many retailers are doing their best to make the right
decisions for their employees, their customers and their businesses.
the weekend the FMO received complaints in reference to exits being blocked as
well as only utilizing one exit for all staff members and customers, as an
attempt to practice social distancing.
Nashville FMO would like to remind each business owner of the following
Metropolitan Fire Prevention Code references to egress and exit corridors:
doors that were/are locked shall remain free of locks and provide access during
business hours. (This includes horizontal sliding doors which when pushed shall
- Protruding objects
shall not reduce the minimum clear width of accessible routes. Per code
1003.3.4: (2012 IFC)
- The clear path of
egress travel along a means of egress shall not be interrupted. Obstructions shall not be placed in the
required width of a means of egress. The required capacity of a means of egress
system shall not be diminished along the path of egress travel. Per code
1003.6: (2012 IFC)
- Except as
specifically permitted by this section egress doors shall be readily openable
from the egress side without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort.
Per code 1008.1.0: (2012 IFC)
- Exit access travel
distance shall be maintained and shall not exceed 250 feet from the most remote
portion of the building. Per code 1016 (2012 IFC)
The NFD appreciates everyone’s commitment to abiding by the
current mandates and regulations, as safety should always be the number one
Any questions that may arise can be directed to Deputy Fire
Marshal Maggie Lawrence.