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Sep 13 2012

WW: Emergency Lighting

Category: Doors Gone Wrong,EgressLori @ 12:32 pm Comments (6)

In case you’re wondering, I do know that it’s not Wednesday, but I’m never actually Wordless either.

Anybody see a problem here?

This photo was sent to me by a fire marshal who shall remain nameless, but shall know that I appreciate him immensely!

6 Responses to “WW: Emergency Lighting”

  1. Joel Niemi says:

    It’s a shame they couldn’t have found a red seal around the door to make it even harder to find!

    The reflection of the “rope lights” on the ceiling looks like flames, too.

  2. Jeff Quigley says:

    Looks like they’ve done everything they could to camoflage that door, (and fire extinguisher) and ruined a nice exit device in the process. Aren’t routes of egress supposed to maintain a minimum 7’6″ ceiling height?

    ■ Keep exit route doors free of decorations or
    signs that obscure the visibility of exit route

    ■ Post signs along the exit access indicating the
    direction of travel to the nearest exit and exit
    discharge if that direction is not immediately
    apparent. Also, the line-of-sight to an exit sign
    must be clearly visible at all times.

    ■ Install “EXIT” signs in plainly legible letters.

  3. Brad Keyes says:


    1). The exit door and door release device is decorated in such a way (dark red paint matching the wall coloring, and lights that can cause glare and obstruct visibility) that the visibility of the exit door is obstructed. [ of the 2000 edition of the LSC]

    2). The fire extinguisher appears to be mounted too high. The handles cannot be mounted more than 60 inches above the floor. [NFPA 10]

    3). Minimum headroom in a means of egress is 7 ft, 6 in., and this means of egress appears to be less than that. [7.1.5 of the 2000 edition of the LSC]

    4). I don’t see a fire alarm system manual pull station within 5 feet of the exit door, provided this occupancy is required to have such devices. [NFPA 72]

  4. Cda says:

    This is not in my ahj, but I think the door has been there forever

    I know the place has been painted red since 1984

  5. Cda says:

    They have added over the years.

    There are about three large separate dining and now honky tonk area.

    Do not know how it got away with out sprinklers or fire alarms.

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