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Exit Signage - No Exit

What circumstances require the use of "No Exit" signs?

Any examples are for illustrative purposes only.  

There are circumstances when a No Exit sign is an effective means of providing clarity to the means of egress.  The Annex A guidance for NFPA 101-2012 is helpful.  "The likelihood of occupants mistaking passageways or stairways that lead to dead-end spaces for exit doors and becoming trapped governs the need for No Exit signs." 

Another consideration is in a space with multiple doors leading out (such as in an operating room area or kitchen).  If there are doors which are not exits, but which people may refer to as exits and could potentially become trapped, consideration should be given to marking those doors as “no exit”. 

Reference LS.02.01.20 EP 41 
Last updated on July 01, 2020
Manual: Hospital and Hospital Clinics
Chapter: Life Safety LS

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