Because of some photos and videos making the rounds on social media, I’ve received quite a few emails about the use of murals to disguise doors in memory care units.  A few years ago I wrote a blog post about this practice, which is allowed by NFPA 101-2015 under certain circumstances but is not allowed by NFPA 101-2012.  I will cover the code aspect in a Decoded article (coming soon!), but meanwhile here are a couple of the social media posts:

Painted another Fire Escape door in a Dementia ward. They were having problems with people walking outside in the winter. They can’t lock the door so this is the best option.

What do you think?  Do the benefits of these murals outweigh the risks?  Have you seen any memory care exits disguised by murals?

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