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Second story duplex currently has two egress door entry's on

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Second story duplex currently has two egress door entry's on the same front wall. There are egress windows on the rear wall off bedrooms. Can I remove on the doors leaving only one.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Machinc replied 4 months ago.
There are several variables to your situation.
Expert:  Machinc replied 4 months ago.
Usually upper story windows used as a means of egress have to open to a fire escape.
Expert:  Machinc replied 4 months ago.
I am assuming you are talking as the owner and not the tennant.
Expert:  Machinc replied 4 months ago.
As the owner you need to check with your insurance agent and local building inspector before removing the door.
Expert:  Machinc replied 4 months ago.
The layout of the apartment and the number of ocupants is also a factor.
Expert:  Machinc replied 4 months ago.
The local fire code often overides National codes. While some codes may show only one exit door is needed you still need to meet all the local codes.
Expert:  Machinc replied 4 months ago.
Before removing the door It would be best to have a permit to do so and /or written approval from the local fire marshal .
Also your liability insurance company.
Expert:  Machinc replied 4 months ago.
Proceeding without taking these steps could lead to future liability problems.
Expert:  Machinc replied 4 months ago.
Once you have taken these steps you will know for certain if it is ok to remove the door or not.