8.1. Fire separation of an exit in family-type buildings:
A required exit in a family-type building shall be separated from the rest of the floor area by a fire separation.
Except in a day care centre, such separation is not required where any premises intended for educational or sleeping purposes are located not more than one storey above or below the ground floor and where only one of those floors is linked to the ground floor by such an exit and where the premises is provided:
(a) either with a window located at a height of not more than 1 m above the floor without exceeding 5 m above the ground and where that window may be easily opened at all times and ensures a clear opening of not less than 550 mm in width by 1 m in height; or
(b) with a balcony located at the level of the premises, having a clear area of not less than 0.4 m2 per occupant of the premises or the floor area and that is easily accessible to the occupants of the premises at all times. The balcony shall be provided with railings of not less than 1,070 mm in height, the openings of which shall comply with subsection 5 of section 21.