Stairs should be dry, clean and free from obstacles. Skid resistant coating, rubber mats and anti slip strips should be employed to help increase friction when ever possible. Stair enclosures are not to be utilized for storage or any other purpose than occupant movement. Even if stair landings are larger than needed to satisfy the means of egress requirements, there is absolutely no storage permitted. Building furnishings cannot be placed in such landings or under stairwells.
It is not uncommon for occupants to prop open stair doors for the sake of convenience. Wood blocks, wedges, or pieces of rope near a fire door indicate that the occupants are blocking or holding open fire doors. These actions completely defeat the purpose of fire doors and it is a practice that must be corrected and counseled immediately.