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Jul 23 2018

Murals in Memory Care

Category: Egress,VideosLori @ 12:26 am Comments (2)
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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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2 Responses to “Murals in Memory Care”

  1. D LoBello says:

    Looks like there is already a magnetic lock on the door. Why not turn off the delayed egress (if installed} and unlock on fire alarm only adding a key switch for local override?
    The door can remain locked in this application if the staff have a key to over ride in non-fire emergencies.
    We often do this in psychiatric wards or where infant abduction is a risk and in this situation for patient wandering under the current IBC codes.
    I believe that an emergency exit door should look like a door and not confuse the staff.

  2. Tim Cannon says:

    I have done several of these where this was happening. I replaced the exit with a delayed egress unit with alarm, and it solved the problem.

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