Do you know where the fire exit is?
Fire exit signs form an important part of your emergency escape plan. They should be clearly visible and provide the quickest route to exit the premises. They save lives in an emergency.
But what if fire signs aren’t clear? Let’s take a look at four of the most confusing examples we’ve come across.
1. Isn’t leaving what you want to do when there’s a fire?
2. Open? Closed? Just in case you’re wondering, fire doors are meant to be closed to stop the spread of fire.
3. When a fire breaks out, the clock is ticking. It’s understandable to look at these and think ‘Which way?!’ What this sign actually means is that you can escape both ways to safety.
4. Here’s a similar example. These are actually both fire exits. So even though the signage is accurate, it could still be confusing during an evacuation.
Recent statistics shows that only half of guests notice where the fire exit is when they check into a hotel.
Signs like this could turn a simple and calm evacuation into panic, hysteria and desperation. With this in mind, it’s vital that fire signs are clearly visible and easy to understand. This will help make for a speedier evacuation and prevent your guests coming to harm.
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