means of escape

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fire escape

A continuous, unobstructed path of escape from a building for use in case of fire.
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I replied No as this window provided means of escape quickly in case of fire.
Currently, East Point, GA, a city in metro Atlanta, is considering measures to reduce the number of fire-related injuries and deaths through a citywide ordinance that will require builders to offer a mandatory secondary means of escape with a continuous path of safety to the ground outside.
While audiences around the world have been moved by that country's hit film City of God, which chronicles the destruction of youth in the drug wars in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, perhaps equally important, as Douglas Rogers explains, is the means of escape that acting has offered these boys and young men.
He doesn't have a drink problem but it has been a means of escape for him in recent months.
Such means of escape function as the proverbial opium for the masses.
The ants may be acting like aquatic insects that launch themselves into the current of a stream as a means of escape, he says.
Vouchers give parents of poor kids a means of escape.
Ideology is a joke because larger issues - issues dealing with the survival of the species - have cruelly pinpointed the artificiality of ideology as a means of escape.
In Clotel, the disruptive potential of passing exceeds its function as a means of escape in still another way: Though presented as a female activity, passing necessitates that the title heroine disguise herself not only as white but also as a man, a fact that highlights the connection between race, racism, and (white) female mobility.
Food For The Poor's other main programs in the areas of food, educational supplies and medical assistance all act in concert to reach the most destitute through education, providing them with the only means of escape from the vicious circle of poverty.
There is more support available from groups such as Women's Aid and victims no longer have to stay in abusive relationships because they have no means of escape.
Today, however, I have read in the Echo of the quick-thinking action of Lewis Jevons who, upon being informed that a fire close to his home might spread, immediately thought of his little cat Lucy who was shut in the house with no means of escape and rushed home to save her, afterwards cutting off the electricity for safety purposes ("Ferocious blaze guts two homes", July 24).