When going over the second reading, I learned that exits in a building must be capable of helping occupants successfully evacuate, especially in a fire. There are two parts in an exit: the exit access and the exit discharge. The exit access must be direct, well-lit, and must be readily available for escaping occupants. The exit discharge must lead to a public way or exit court at ground level so that the occupants avoid other dangers. I also learned that stairs are an essential part of the emergency egress system. They must have a balance of comfort and efficiency when exiting the danger. That may include ramps for occupants who cannot use the stairs, or determining the size of the stairway to accommodate the heights and sizes of different people. Egresses are made to give the occupants a safe and effective way to escape a building.