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Jan 01 2014

WW: Pool Access and Egress

Happy New Year!!!

I can always count on my family road trips to result in some photos to share…remember the dollar bills on the ceiling, the Minister’s Treehouse, the day my kid got us locked in the hotel room, the super-steep h/c ramp in Costa RicaChip Falcon’s Road Trip, or the doors of Morocco?  We’re currently on yet another road trip and our hotel has an indoor water park.  There are 2 marked exits:

The aftermarket latch on the main exit was installed to prevent access by unaccompanied children (if it actually latched), but it does not meet accessibility or egress requirements.

Pool Egress Pair

Pool Access

Push Button with Keyhole

Here’s the second means of egress, which swings in the wrong direction and is also lockable.

Pool Secondary Egress

These doors are very obviously non-compliant, but I guarantee this facility has been visited by the fire marshal on more than one occasion.  The door with the incorrect swing looks to be original.  I have to wonder…are these egress doors acceptable to the fire marshal?  On what grounds?

5 Responses to “WW: Pool Access and Egress”

  1. curtis meskus says:

    I shake my head every day at the disasters waiting to happen

  2. Safecrackin Sammy says:


    I’m sure the aftermarket latch on the double door was put there for the ingress pool safety issue. ADA does have an exemption for INGRESS to pool areas that allow the latch to be mounted higher than normal.

    How the lock they have installed would function on a double door I have no idea. It does appear that there is a small slide bolt at the top of one door which may make it work as a single door application. (and open more worms) The egress becomes an issue since it does now take two actions to exit.

    I’m sure the inspector saw ” pool latch ok I’m done”

    The single door HM at the top of the stairs is just blatant. Wrong swing, no panic, and lockable.

    The sad part is that all of this is preventable. I have done a number of systems in hotel pool areas that incorporated guest room access cards to allow authorized access while still preserving life safety and keeping the young ones safe.

    I sure hope you help the hotel operator “ring in the new year” with a phone call and some guidance on actions needed to make things safe.

  3. Chuck says:

    In regard to that HM door at the top of the stairs, I’m willing to bet that there’s an “EXIT” sign on the other side of it too 🙂

  4. Cda says:

    January 1, 2014 – 5:49 pm Reply
    In regard to that HM door at the top of the stairs, I’m willing to bet that there’s an “EXIT” sign on the other side of it too

    That is what I was thinking

  5. Bryan McKeehan says:

    Here in Washington State the Fire Marshals call a door control device (closer) a closure and leave me with no faith in their abilities to ferret out door problems.

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