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Apr 16 2011

Which way to the exit?

Category: EgressLori @ 11:31 am Comments (4)
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I wrote this post on Saturday but because of technical difficulties I couldn’t get it uploaded until now.  Sorry!

We headed south on our road trip today, and after hours of traffic and extremely heavy rain we stopped at a mall in New Jersey to let the kids get out of the car for a while.  We realized later that the torrential downpours we were driving through were from the same storm system as the tornadoes that hit many of the southern states.

The restaurant chain where we had dinner is heavily decorated with a jungle theme, and has a periodic rain storm to add to the ambiance.  It has some cool doors (with LCN closers and Von Duprin panics), but the egress routes are a little confusing.  I have a habit of finding the exits when I’m in a new place, so when I sat down I looked for the exit signs.  In a normal restaurant it would have been easy to spot several exits from our table but with all of the faux flora, moving growling animals, and mood lighting, it was tough to pick them out.

Check out the photos below…did you have any trouble finding the exit signs?


Our hotel was pretty run-of-the-mill (I’m not picky at 1 a.m.), but the bathroom door looked like it had been involved in a lock-in. Sounds like something my child would do.

4 Responses to “Which way to the exit?”

  1. Wayne Ficklin says:

    My wife thinks I’m strange but whenever we go somewhere that has a large crowd and especially if we haven’t been there before, I tell her the primary and secondary exit doors we will head for in case of an emergency. It’s always good to have a plan.

    • Lori says:

      You can tell your wife you’re not the only oddball who does that. I guess we’re still odd but at least we’re not alone in our oddness. 🙂

  2. James Caron says:

    I am the same way I always look for secondary exits…..because we all know more than 50% will try to get out the way they came in.

    And Maybe Charlie Sheen had stayed in that same room Lori……

    • Lori says:

      The only other doors visible from our table were the entrance and exit from the kitchen, which were not marked at all. If the main entrance was blocked, I think people would head that way. Scary.

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