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Feb 17 2016

WW: Exit? Or No Exit?

This Wordless Wednesday photo (from Keith Brown and Steve Bildzok of Allegion) reminds me of how I feel when I walk into my kids’ bedrooms.  “WHY?  What is all of this crap on the floor and why isn’t it put away where it belongs?  What excuse could you possibly have for this mess?  Do you LIKE living in a pigsty?”  Maybe that’s the answer…I need to unleash my Mom-voice on all of these egress-inhibitors.

University Exit

8 Responses to “WW: Exit? Or No Exit?”

  1. John Payson says:

    While the pile of junk in front of what appears to be a real exit is obviously bad, I think someone deserves credit for trying to allow the door to be opened with a single action on the panic bar (it appears that will automatically push the emergency operation lever on the alarm-lock unit).

  2. cda says:

    I guess you are not going to give them any Ice Cream tonight??

    Smithsonian????? What model and year is the red buzzer?

    Depending on when this was taken, appears the fire extinguisher has not been inspected since 2013.

    • Lori says:

      I don’t know what year that exit alarm was made but it’s an oldie. The door is in a university building and I think the photo was taken recently.

      – Lori

  3. Pete Schifferli says:

    That’s an old Best Universal Lock Co. “Model B” exit lock which used a spring-wound mechanism and a break-glass window, no batteries; to sound the alarm.

  4. Chuck Park says:

    The “red buzzer” below the PG-10 is an old Best wind-up model. The key cyinder not only reset the trigger, but allowed the cover to be removed so you could rewind the mechanism by turning the bell by hand.
    The medical complex I worked in had these on the roof doors of the residence buildings up until about Y2K.

  5. Nancy Bailey says:

    The red alarm doo-hicky is called a Model B, it was sold through Apahouser/Best Lock of NE. Dave Ramler who was the person we ordered them through, and if I remember correctly, they were made by hand, one at a time.

    That would have been somewhere between 1983 and 1996.

  6. Patrick Jones says:

    While it doesn’t excuse the blocked exit I do feel their pain with the cheesy and redundant signage. I once had to add a key-reset alarm to a popular exit. Old habits die hard, and only a few of us had reset keys…

  7. DAVID F. says:

    There is just no excuse for this…….. The building management , inspector, (fire inspector ) or whatever should be dare I say FIRED ….. this is just wrong

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