In case of emergency, get ice

You're relaxing in your hotel room, when all of a sudden the fire alarm rings. You stare at the doorway in shock -- smoke is coming out from below!


You open the door and rush into the smoke-filled hallway. Of course, the elevators aren't working! You reach a door marked "Fire Exit -- Emergency Only". Sobbing with relief, you open the door.....


... Only to realize that the door leads... to an ice machine! And a Coke vending machine! And the exact same hallway you were in before!!

We were doubled over with laughter when we saw this at our hotel in Las Vegas. We figured they had done some renovations and had forgotten to take off the Fire Exit signs.

It took us a while to realize that the door actually did serve a purpose. It is right beside the elevators, and in a fire, steel doors actually come down (see the metal track on the ceiling and walls?), shutting the elevator area off from the rest of the hallway. So if you happen to be waiting for an elevator when someone pulls the fire alarm, you'd be trapped -- unless you use that door to get back to the hallway. So it's not so funny after all. But we still had a good laugh.

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maiylah said...

funny shots! guess the ice machine (during an actual fire ~hope that that will never happen!!) could be helpful. a bit. :)
looks like you all had a fun time!
happy weekend

Napaboaniya said...

In the event of an emergency and finding yourself together with an ice machine and coke vendor machine!! LOL~ It takes a while to figure those exits I guess :)

Leslie said...

Oh good one! Hey - I hope you're having a good weekend. :)

ideru said...

ohh i thought it look stupid till i read your explanation.. guess the ice machine is there to help you cool down when the building is in heat :D

have a great weekend and thanks for dropping by :D

TorAa said...

After all, a shocking observation. How can people be so neglecting?

Mar said...

It is funny as long it is not an emergency, oy!!

My pic is posted here. Happpy PH and happy weekend!

WillThink4Wine said...

Well, at least you wouldn't be thirsty!

eastcoastlife said...

Wheee... Those are funny shots and you made your family posed for the photos! hehe....

Hootin' Anni said...

LOL....good one.

Mine's posted...stop by and see if you can figure it all out!!

the teach said...

God forbid a real fire and people think that door leads to safety... :)

ellen b said...

Yikes, funny and scary!!

Pato & Pearl said...

and i hope that door will never be use...;)

Pearl - happy hunting

Eve said...

That is too funny!

Jenty said...

OMW that needs an instruction manual not just a sign!
LOL!

Claudia said...

Good demonstration...I'd have laughed
too!

Midas said...

Haha ha ha...that is very funny.

my sign is up here

WkSocMom said...

And I'm betting even during a fire my kids would beg to get something from the vending machine. Good catch :)

Heart of Rachel said...

I'm glad there was no actual fire and you had a fun moment with the kids. I do hope the management will find time to do something about that sign in order not to create confusion during an emergency.