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15 March, 2010

Different directions

In the USA, emergency exit signs show the word 'EXIT' (solely in English), usually in red, which subliminally suggests 'danger', 'stop' and hence 'not this way'.  Elsewhere, the international convention is a pictogram (universally recognisable) of a stick figure running through a door, depicted in green (suggesting 'safety', 'go' and 'this way').

In explaining why the US standard is unlikely to change, Robert Solomon of the National Fire Protection Association says that:

when the NFPA investigates fires, it never encounters circumstances "where someone says I didn't know where the exit was because I didn't know what the exit sign was."
Okay, but isn't there a flaw in that argument? I'd have thought the opinions which matter most are those of the people who didn't escape, for whatever reason.

Comments

Those that didn't escape are dead and are keeping their opinions to themselves......

Posted by m2barre at March 17, 2010 03:34 PM

Exactly!

Posted by NRT at March 17, 2010 05:28 PM
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