• Customer Questions: Can I Close a Fire Exit During Construction
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    Karen D. Hamel CSP, CET, WACH, is a regulatory compliance professional, trainer and technical writer. She has more than 25 years of experience helping EHS professionals find solutions to meet EPA, OSHA and DOT regulations and has had more than 200 articles published on a variety of EHS topics. Karen is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Environmental health and Safety Trainer (CET), Walkway Auditor Certificate Holder (WACH), OSHA-Authorized Outreach Trainer for General Industry, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer and hazmat technician. She serves on the Blair County, PA LEPC. Her specialties include a wide variety of environmental, safety, emergency response, risk management, DOT and NIMS topics. She conducts trainings and seminars at national conferences and webinars for several national organizations. For regulation or product information, we can be reached at 1-800-HOT-HOGS (468-4647) or by email at xtechnical@newpig.com.

  • Rebecca Gardnersays:
    06/19/2020 at 12:35 pm Reply

    It made sense when you said that alternate routes need to be put in place if the specified exit routes need to be closed for any period of time. My brother is looking into having fire-rated doors installed in the building he just purchased for his new sit-down restaurant. Since he plans on doing renovations after opening in the future, the info you shared here should be helpful to him!

  • Alice Carrollsays:
    08/31/2020 at 10:47 pm Reply

    Thanks for pointing out that closing exits should also be accompanied by making sure that they are not lit. I’m considering to get photoluminescent exit signs in preparation for a warehouse that I will be getting constructed in my hobby farm. Having a systematic way of entering and exiting the area will be a good protocol for safety.

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