must be in compliance with the current national standards and requirements set out by the and the relevant Australian Standards ( and ). According to the , there must be adequate means of escape in the case of fire or other emergency from all parts of a building to a place of safety. Fire exit doors must be protected from obstruction and in addition to that there are specific signage requirements for fire exit doors (read ). This means that the building owner / property manager is responsible to do everything reasonably possible to make sure that access to or from a fire egress door is not blocked or obstructed:
D1.10 Discharge from Exits
a) An exit must not be blocked at the point of discharge and where necessary, suitable barriers must be provided to prevent vehicles from blocking the exit, or access to it.
The simplest and most effective fixture to prevent obstruction by vehicles is awhich allows for easy and uninhibited people flow either side of the fire exit and also prevents vehicles from blocking the exit.
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