You may not know this about me, but I love listening to music. I will listen to just about any genre, but I love Trap Music. I love it so much, I combined it with my love for yoga and created a clothing line called Trap Yogi. So when my in-laws came to Atlanta and said they wanted to go the Trap Museum, I was all in.
Let's start with the basics, trap music is a genre of rap, created in Atlanta, with it's own unique sounding beats, and usually content. The music has evolved from music to yoga, and my favorite; enTRAPreneur. Trap has found it's own culture to relate to many people from all walks of life. Most recently, the movie UnCorked on Netflix features Trap music while following a young Memphis man on his way to being a wine steward, or Sommellier, from Memphis, TN to Paris, France.
The Trap Museum celebrates the many rappers and enTRAPreneurs that paved the way for trap music, and my clothing line, Trap Yogi, to exist. So of course I was interested.
The building was set up in various scenes, dedicated to many of the artists and their unique contribution to the culture. And for additional income, there was a bar...genius. The museum isn't very large, so the bar was a good added touch to keep people around without feeling like a walk through. The drinks also added to Instagram picture appeal. I mean there were people standing in lines to take pictures for the 'Gram.
One of the areas people frequented was this almost life size picture of a popular North Carolina rapper, Da Baby. This caught my eye because he is surrounded by portraits of many people, and you would never know he is actually on a door! And right next to the door, there is a small sign that reads " Active Exit, Do Not Stand Next to Da Baby". As with almost every situation I find myself in, I immediately think about being a Safety Pro.
My undergraduate minor was in Fire Safety Engineering, and one human behavior that stood out to me during my studies was that in an emergency situation, most people will exit through the door they entered, even if there is a closer exit. Think about it, if you are panicking, you are more likely to go to the known successful path, basic human survival.
It takes training to realign the brain to enter a room and look for all available exits. It also takes training to have rational thought in an emergency situation to logically think through finding the nearest exit, when you clearly know where one is.
The exit in the museum wasn't clearly marked as an exit, as required by law, but others were. So I got a little curious, asked a few questions, and realized this was an exit from the escape room. AHA!
The missing signage made sense, but the hazard worsened. What if someone was leaning on the door to get the perfect pic, and the door opened? This could cause an injury for them and others. A sign wasn't enough to eliminate the hazard.
In this scenario, not making the door a part of the attraction would likely prevent someone from falling in. Also, identifying the door as the escape room egress would be more effective. Imagine if someone read that sign, registered it as an active egress in an emergency, and wasted valuable time trying to get out, when they'd only be entering another part of the building?
So the next time you enter any building or venue, keep an eye out for the nearest exit, and remember, there are Safety and Health Professionals out there ensuring your personal safety in the case of an emergency.