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Dec 16 2015

WW: Clearance Sale

Category: Egress,Wordless WednesdayLori @ 1:52 am Comments (5)

We’ve all seen this somewhere.  Did you say something?  Was the problem resolved?


Submitted to iDH by the International Code Council.  🙂

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5 Responses to “WW: Clearance Sale”

  1. John Payson says:

    I wonder if it would be helpful to have fire codes include recommended floor markings for things like mercantile spaces to show areas near fire exits which need to be kept clear of merchandise? While merchants who preferred a more stylish appearance could use other means to ensure that employees know what areas needed to be kept clear, floor markings would offer educational benefits to employees and customers alike (who might then be able to recognize situations–in marked or unmarked stores–where they should complain to management about exit obstructions).

    • Lori says:

      That’s an interesting idea. It might be difficult to get this change made in the fire code, but it could be a good tool for an AHJ to use if there were repeated violations.

      – Lori

  2. Vivian Volz says:

    I wonder if an employee training program should be required for stores that don’t want the exit clearance mat (or floor markings, or whatever)? It might improve the code acceptance process, being relatively low-cost and appearance-neutral. Do you know if training programs are effective and enforceable?

    I do like the idea of the fire marshals’ being able to require floor markings for repeat offenders.

    • Lori says:

      I think this type of training program would be effective, and it would be enforceable if it is in the adopted code. It would be up to the code official to pull it out of his toolbag when needed.

      – Lori

      • Vivian Volz says:

        Thanks, Lori!

        Come to think of it, I’d love to see a fire safety orientation become part of several types of public accommodations, so that employees of restaurants, hotels, bars, and retail stores feel a sense of responsibility for guest safety. Imagine if, in a nightclub fire, employees were leading (and lighting?) the way to alternate exits instead of joining the crush to leave via the front door? Responsible owners probably do some of this for insurance purposes, but maybe it’s time for the code to include it.

        Always satisfying and thought-provoking to check out your blog!

        – Vivian

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