Why can't I use fire exits when there is no fire?

I can't use the stairs in my building because ooooohhh that is a "fire exit". I have to wait half an hour for an elevator every day. Why do they turn perfectly good exits into "emergency only"? Like is there something wrong with using that exit when there is no fire? Does my using the stairs... show more I can't use the stairs in my building because ooooohhh that is a "fire exit". I have to wait half an hour for an elevator every day. Why do they turn perfectly good exits into "emergency only"? Like is there something wrong with using that exit when there is no fire? Does my using the stairs put people at risk?
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