Washington state micro apartment law prompts fire safety concerns

Townhome-style “apodments” are required to have one stairwell, with a secondary escape or rescue window from each sleeping area. 

January 23, 2014 |
Photo: Icade via Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Icade via Wikimedia Commons

Proposed legislation to further regulate the building of micro apartments has triggered appeals from community activists concerned that fire safety standards are sub-par.

Townhome-style “apodments” up to 3,200 sf and up to 16 bedrooms are required to have one stairwell, with a secondary escape or rescue window from each sleeping area.

Traditional apartments more than 4,000 sf must have two protected exit stairs.

(http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/fire-exits-building-code-different-apodments/ncjwX/)

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