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When my hubby and I were malling, he asked me what I need to look in a building first before getting comfortable with the place. So, I immediately replied, “Comfort Room (Rest Room)!” That came out of my mind because I tend to go pee most of the time especially when I am cold. Then of course, he said I was wrong. He said I should look for exit signs so that in case of emergency, I wouldn’t panic and run like hell confused. At least when I know where the emergency exits are, I would be confident to go out and not panic.
Well, he does indeed have a point there! Many people died in public buildings during fire because they were trapped inside. They don’t know where the emergency exits are so they tend to panic and run to the main entrances. Some get injured not because of fire but got trampled from a crowd stampede.
Anyway, an exit sign can easily be seen nowadays at most public places. Most building codes require them to hang them visibly so that the public could easily see them. They also have glow in the dark signs, in neon colors and some are made from reflecting stickers.
So now, when I am in the mall, movie theaters or other commercial buildings, I am now conscious of finding exits signs as I enter. It always pays to be cautious!