To: Heads of Fire Departments
From: Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
Date: January 30, 2002
Re: 527 CMR Egress

We have received several calls in regards to means of egress and storage location in mercantile establishments. Therefore, I am providing this information from 527 CMR 10.03(13)(b).

This section of the CMR indicates that combustible or flammable material shall not be placed, stored or kept in any portion of an exit . unless enclosed or protected in accordance with the State Building Code. It further indicates that the storage shall be located so that the presence or burning of the materials would not obstruct or render hazardous means of egress.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit at 978-567-3300 or at our Western MA office at 413-587-3181.