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This paper describes the evacuation of high-rise office buildings taking place predominantlyon exit stairs. Other evacuation, escape, or rescue facilities, such as elevators, ladders,ropes, and helicopters, have been instrumental in saving lives in high-rise fires; but withthe possible exception of certain specially protected elevators these other facilities haveinherent limitations, and dependence on their use for evacuation in properly equipped high-risebuildings is undesirable and unnecessary.

Citation: ASHRAE Transactions, Volume 81, Part 1, Atlantic City, NJ