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Exit signs: Red vs. green? #33310
01/17/04 12:49 PM
01/17/04 12:49 PM
pauluk  Offline OP
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
I think we may have touched on this subject before, but it came up in conversation earlier today.

I've seen exit signs in America with both red and green lettering. I can't remember whether a specific color was all in one town or even one state, so are there local codes which specify which color is to be used?

Is there some other reason, e.g. red for exit corridors and green for the actual exit doors?

Or is it just a case of "Take your pick" ? [Linked Image]

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Re: Exit signs: Red vs. green? #33311
01/17/04 12:52 PM
01/17/04 12:52 PM
Thom  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 24
In my area ir is a matter of preference. No local code restrictions.

Re: Exit signs: Red vs. green? #33312
01/17/04 02:30 PM
01/17/04 02:30 PM
Roger  Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 1,716
Hello Paul, it's designer preference here too.


Re: Exit signs: Red vs. green? #33313
01/17/04 03:34 PM
01/17/04 03:34 PM
Nick  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 599
Riverside, CA
I have worked in jurisdictions where it was a requirement of the local Fire Marshall. I can't remember which ones off hand. It usually is not an issue.

Re: Exit signs: Red vs. green? #33314
01/17/04 03:49 PM
01/17/04 03:49 PM
sparky  Offline
Joined: Oct 2000
Posts: 5,342
I'm a little confused over the ADA regs that seem to apply audio/visual notification to the deaf/blind populance here...what does NFPA 72 say?


Re: Exit signs: Red vs. green? #33315
01/18/04 05:25 AM
01/18/04 05:25 AM
pauluk  Offline OP
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
So pretty much a free choice, except for maybe a few jurisdictions where a local code applies. Thanks.

A point for you to ponder though: Now that electrical and building codes are moving toward "international" versions, do you see symbolic signs eventually replacing simple "EXIT" signs in America?

Exit signs which incorporate a pictogram are now required here in England, either with or without wording:

[Linked Image]

More signs here.

[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 01-18-2004).]


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