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July 23, 2003 06:00 AM

Broken: Post office doors

 Matt Youell writes:

These are two shots taken at the post office in Carmichael, CA. (For clarity, these are a pair of one-way doors at the front of the building.)
I'd like to think that the problem is obvious. Just in case, I'll point out that the Do-Not-Enter/Do-Not-Exit doors both have pull-handles for your convenience. But hey, at least they're consistent.


I'd say the Do Not Enter sign + handle combination is Broken, but the Exit door may pose a fire hazard if it doesn't have a handle.

Posted by: Josef at November 6, 2003 04:08 PM

Most fire codes in the United States (and I should hope elsewhere) require that doors on public buildings, such as this US Post Office, to swing outwards. In the event of a fire, pushing on any of these doors from the inside should let you out.

It should also be noted that the doors were probably installed before the traffic managment was decided on, and therefore, all of the doors were designed to be used entering or leaving.

The stickers were probably added to improve traffic flow of people entering and leaving the building, but ignoring them leads to no significant problems.

There is a post office near my apartment with a similar setup, and despite the labeling, all of the doors work just fine as entrances or exits, and they all lead to the same place.

Posted by: Brian Kofford at June 14, 2004 11:44 PM

Actually, Ignoring the signs Will get you smacked with the door (if its automatic :))

Posted by: Bryant at December 20, 2004 06:01 PM

The machine inside the do not enter sign doesn't help either. It says welcome to...

Makes you want to enter through that door doesn't it.

Posted by: Adam at December 22, 2005 09:23 PM

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