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Old July 5th, 2006, 07:08 AM   #1
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Staircases & Fire Escapes

After a visit to the Museum of the City of New York, it became evident that many New York buildings have external staircases for fire safety reasons. As it is unsafe to have an exit inside since smoke can travel up along the corridors, the external staircase is quite an ingenious idea to get around that hazard. However, I think New York is quite unique in having these external staircases. This style is quite well-engrained in New York's skyscraper architecture.

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Old July 5th, 2006, 08:31 AM   #2
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There are quite a few cities in america that have these on older buildings its an eyesore but practical.
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Old July 5th, 2006, 11:49 PM   #3
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Plenty of older buildings in Australia and New Zealand also have them. Personally, I always found them an eyesore, but they did serve a purpose in buildings without proper fire suppression and evacuation routes. Fortunately, in Australia & NZ they were usually at the side or rear of the building, which wasn't as aweful as those frontal ones shown above.
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So...is there a maximum number of storeys for buildings to have external staircases?
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