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Oct 28 2015
There are some of my favorite Wordless Wednesday photos ever. They’re simple, yet complex in their irony. Found in a state office building and sent to me by John Gant from Allegion.
The table looks like it’s so heavy that it’s always open!
I just returned from London. Every fire door has a small sign, about 4″ square, with the same message. (Notably, the doors don’t necessarily latch.) Makes sense. Somehow we seem to assume in the US that everyone knows what fire doors are, where they are typically found, and that they have to stay closed.
I did a survey of “regular people” (not door people) quite a while ago and it turns out NOBODY knows how to identify a fire door, what they’re for, or that they need to be closed and latched to do their job.
British standard or European Nome (EN) always required to have this signage and as Bunzick just mentioned size is only 4″ and also they do not require to have a positive latching for any fire rated doors.
we are following NFPA80
Geeze, when are the going to come into the 21st century and use a 20 min wood wedge? Interesting to see literature on the table. They must think people can read and comprehend? Yet, no one questions the table holding the door open or the sign above the table? Sad, very sad.
It is nice to see that this is a unisex fire door.
Spoiler alert: This building where this sign is located is currently being used as a “jobsite trailer” for a major renovation of an adjacent building complex. This door once led to a stair, but the basement has been filled for floodproofing, and the second floor is sealed and unoccupied. It’s not a fire door any more… and the sign is now gone.
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