… red exit signs?
You know. Signs that looked like this.
Or the corresponding French version that read Sortie in red.
I visited a friend in a local hospital this past week and am still not comfortable with small changes like this. Particularly with hospitals that are “built by committee”, it’s often a mish-mash of wings and levels and doors that don’t go anywhere that the general public should be going.
I remember the first time that I saw the “new” ones. I thought, because it conveyed a sense of urgency and was obviously unisex, that it pointed to the washrooms.
But no, this is your new directional instructions about how to exit a building. When I think about it, it’s usually thought in conjunction with what to do when a fire breaks out.
Apparently, it’s done in a sense of being global.
It’s been made part of the building code. Of course, you have to immediately ask a couple of questions.
- How much is this going to cost us?
And, around here on Sundays, we like to answer such socially important questions. So, over to you, dear reader.
- Think about your last 24 hours. Did you see:
- a red exit sign?
- a green exit sign?
- Do you think that the old red exit signs look kind of dated?
- What colour of signs do they have in your school? If they’re red, is there a plan to move to the green?
- Do exit signs ever wear out?
- If having exit signs are so important, why don’t we have them in major gathering spaces of people like supermarkets or casinos?
- Do you feel this was a burning problem that needed to be solved or is it a case of the government babysitting us?
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please do so in the comments below.
If you’re into this sort of information, you’ll love the Wikipedia page devoted to exit signs.
Do you have a longing for signs like this?
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