I have not traveled far from my home for more than a year, but this week I had the opportunity to combine Covid vaccination appointments for my son and myself with moving my daughter out of her dorm room for the summer. Yesterday we had a phone emergency which led us to visit a very popular store that had some of the best Covid precautions I have seen anywhere. But when the salesperson sent my 19YO daughter through the marked exit to the restroom, I watched her struggle to open the door. This is a kid who has been on the dean’s list every semester and has been forced (by me) to look at doors for her entire life – if she had a hard time figuring it out, I think others would too. There was no push plate – just a line etched in the door face.
The IBC states: Doors in the means of egress shall be readily distinguishable from the adjacent construction and finishes such that the doors are easily recognizable as doors. Mirrors or similar reflecting materials shall not be used on means of egress doors. Means of egress doors shall not be concealed by curtains, drapes, decorations or similar materials.
Do you think this door is “readily distinguishable”? Is it a problem, or no big deal? WWYD?