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November 21, 2003 12:01 AM

Broken: Sign for "automatic door"

Victor Stanwick writes:

I took this picture over the summer at my eye doctor's office in Ft. Lee, New Jersey. Automatic door, pull to operate?

I realize that it's a power-assisted door that opens easily with a slight pull, and that the door works perfectly. It's the sign that I think is broken.


Picture link is broken.

Posted by: none at November 21, 2003 04:04 AM

what would be better?

Posted by: araboth at November 21, 2003 02:35 PM

Without seeing the door in person, it's hard to tell what would be an improvement. But if the automatic opening mechanism works well enough, then no signs should be fine---if the handle adequately "affords" pushing.

I believe that the ADA requires motorized public doors to be labeled with a cautionary label, so this might be problematic.

Posted by: Robby Slaughter at November 24, 2003 01:11 PM

What would be better?

How about something along the lines of "Motor-Assisted Door | Pull to Operate"?

Posted by: Vidiot at December 4, 2003 05:25 PM

Perhaps "pull here gently" or "pull gently to open?" The challenge is to come up with a phrase which is instantly read and recognised, including by those who may not have a command of the language.

Posted by: Karl at January 29, 2004 10:53 AM

Caution! Semi-automatic door


Posted by: O at June 9, 2004 11:18 AM

Actually, Caution Automatic door labels are common for ALL TYPES of automatic doors. My school has these types of doors, but they dont say "Pull to operate" it just has that yellow sticker. Its required for you to have that sticker on ALL automatic doors because its used in Canada, United States, and mexico (Yes, its in English, when they speak spanish over there), and these stickers are provided by the Automatic Door manufacturer.

Posted by: Bryant at December 20, 2004 05:45 PM

Hey, none.

Actually the picture link works fine, i think it is fixed

Posted by: Hyper Typer at February 24, 2005 05:15 PM

I saw a sign on a door that said "power assisted door-Pull to activate

That should be put here

Posted by: natethegreat at May 22, 2005 11:57 AM

I really don't understand the purpose of a power-assisted door. Why not just spring for the fully automatic door, like most grocery stores now use?

The only situation I can think of where you wouldn't want a door to open automatically would be a secure which case you should have a motorized door that opens itself when you scan your ID.

Posted by: MacGuy at May 24, 2006 02:48 PM

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