The Chicago EXIT sign – pointing the way to safety

Blog Post created by rcote Employee on Jun 24, 2015

The June 2015 NFPA Conference & Expo at Chicago’s
McCormick Place offers attendees the opportunity to view EXIT signs with
directional indicators that are different from those found on EXIT signs in many
jurisdictions outside the Chicago area.


NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, requires EXIT sign directional indicators to be of the
chevron shape as shown in Figure 1.


Figure 1. Chevron-shaped directional indicator as
required by NFPA 101.


The City of Chicago requires the EXIT sign directional
indicator to be an arrowhead, positioned below the legend EXIT, with tail that
extends across the width of the sign as shown in Figure 2.


Figure 2. Chicago EXIT sign with arrowhead and
long tail.