§ 48-72.   Means of Egress 
General. A safe, continuous and unobstructed path of travel shall be provided from any point in a
building or structure outside to the public way. Means of egress shall comply with the North Carolina
Fire Prevention Code.
Aisles. The required width of aisles in accordance with the North Carolina Fire Prevention Code shall be
Locked Doors. All means of egress doors shall be readily operable from the side from which egress is to
be made without the need for keys, special knowledge or effort, except where the door hardware
conforms to that permitted by the North Carolina Building Code. 
Emergency Escape Openings. Required emergency escape openings shall be maintained in accordance
with the Code in effect at the time of construction, and the following. Required emergency escape and
rescue openings shall be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys or tools. Bars,
grilles, grates or similar devices are permitted to be placed over emergency escape and rescue openings
provided the minimum net clear opening size complies with the Code that was in effect at the time of
construction and such devices shall be releasable or removable from the inside without the use of a key,
tool or force greater than that which is required for normal operation of the escape and rescue opening.