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A comprehensive study by elevator experts led to recommendations for code rules to be incorporated in the ANSI/ASME A17.1 Elevator Safety Code. Recommendations were approved by the A17.1 code-making body, and operation of elevators in fire emergencies became part of the elevator code that has almost universal acceptance and has become the basis for local, state, and even foreign codes.

Background information that supports the emergency use of elevators is provided. This information details elevator operation for purposes of providing insight to the uninitiated. Sprinklers, power supply, smoke, pressurization, entrances, and stack effect are among the topics that are covered.

Interface of the A17.1 Elevator Safety Code with the three major Model Building Codes and NFPA code committees provides for safe operation of elevators during fire emergencies.


Citation: Symposium, ASHRAE Transactions, 1987, vol. 93, pt. 2, Nashville, TN