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Exit Doors Concealed with Murals

Discussion in 'Door & Hardware forum *Sponsored by Allegion' started by tmurray, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. tmurray

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    Here is some new explanatory language proposed for the 2020 code here in Canada. Thought it would make for some interesting reading:

    Exit Doors Concealed with Murals Some people with cognitive disabilities such as dementia are at risk of wandering away from the residence or healthcare facility in which they are being treated. To reduce this risk, some residences and healthcare facilities install special hardware on egress and exit doors that can only be operated by designated persons. This solution keeps residents/patients from wandering, but the doors can still trigger anxiety in residents/patients who may nevertheless try to leave the space through them, without success.

    Recent studies have shown that applying murals (of a landscape, for example) on exit and egress doors in these environments can help reduce anxiety in people with cognitive disabilities who tend to view them as a pleasant natural barrier rather than as a means of escape.

    Where this solution is implemented, the murals must be applied with care so that they do not conceal or impair the operation of any fire and life safety systems installed nearby, including, but not limited to, exit signage, emergency lighting, fire alarm devices, sprinklers or door hardware. Egress and exit doors with murals must be reasonably discernible to residential care or healthcare staff who will be required to assist residents/patients in the event that the space must be evacuated, and to visitors who will be expected to evacuate on their own. If these doors are not reasonably discernible, an alternative means of egress from the space should be provided (it is expected that designers and authorities having jurisdiction will use judgement in determining whether or not an alternative means of egress is required).
     
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    Judgement never ends well....
     
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    Let the broken nose lawsuits commence...
     
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    Thanks for sharing this information! One thing that has helped with this in NFPA 101, is that starting with the 2009 edition there were somewhat-defined locations in health care where doors are allowed to be locked in the direction of egress. Then when the murals were added in the 2015 edition, those pre-defined doors were the ones where the murals are allowed. There's more info here: https://idighardware.com/2018/07/decoded-deterring-egress-in-health-care-facilities/
     
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    Agreed. Typically, our codes give us latitude to make judgment in one cycle then references a standard in the next. The standard is typically being authored when the item is first introduced into the code. The thought process is that some is better than none I guess...
     

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