Stop? or Go?!


If you ever walk around a government building (or any other building for that matter), you should be able to easily spot emergency exits in the event if a fire or disaster. These exits or pathways are almost always indicated by the big bold and red EXIT signs. My questions is: why red?!

Traffic Light Clip ArtThink about it. When you come to a traffic light, do you stop or go at red? Stop obviously (unless you are a thrill chaser or an Oakland police officer).

When you look at no smoking signs and no cell phones signs, it’s always a slash or X denoting that something isn’t allowed.

Isn’t it confusing to say red means stop in multiple instances, but it means go in an emergency. Does that mean that the color red can be an exception in emergencies?! Am i allowed to smoke or run a red light in an emergency?! Way too confusing.

Not to mention people who are illiterate or do not understand English cannot read the word “Exit.” Why is the exit the only sign that is in only words? That makes no sense to me. If someone couldn’t read English in normal life, how would learn to read English in an emergency situation?!

I propose the United States adopt a building code to match that of Asian, where all the exit signs are GREEN and usually accompany a picture of a person running. Why? Because green means GO as in “Go through this door to escape from the fire!”

See? So much clearer which way is the exit.

This also opens so many doors for funny looking ads like this one:

I am surprised our country has not realized that the red exit sign can be really confusing, despite the fact that our country is primarily made of immigrants from other countries around the world.

If only they would just change all the signs to purple. That would be way cool!

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  1. Pingback: Send the red one please, not the purple. « mysemisecretiveblog

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