Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Colorado

Q: Is it required for a store in the mall to have multiple exits?

I work in a mall and my store only has one exit, the main doorway. After a recent emergency including an active shooter, I’m concerned about my coworkers and my own safety. This does not only put us in more danger during an active shooter situation, but also any fire emergencies.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Municipal Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: The requirements for multiple exits in a store, including those in a mall, are governed by local building codes and fire safety regulations, which can vary by location. Generally, these codes require a certain number of exits based on the store's size, layout, and the maximum occupancy. This is to ensure safety during emergencies, such as fires or active shooter situations.

In many places, having only one exit in a commercial space might not comply with these safety regulations, especially if the space is above a certain size. It's important to check the specific regulations in your area to determine if your store meets the local requirements.

If you're concerned about the safety of your workplace, you could bring this up with your store management or mall administration. They are typically responsible for ensuring that the store complies with all applicable safety codes and regulations.

If your concerns are not addressed, you might consider contacting your local fire marshal or building inspector. They can inspect the premises and determine if there are any violations of local safety codes.

Remember, your safety and the safety of your coworkers is paramount. Raising these concerns is important and can help ensure that your workplace is as safe as possible.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: It could depend on building and fire codes. Local building departments or fire departments might have more information on codes. Good luck

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