Fire Escapes Need Shovel Love Too

Fire exit? Really?
Originally uploaded by carlweaver

I saw this while walking to lunch yesterday. A building at Thomas Jefferson St. NW and the Canal in Georgetown has a set of stairs marked from the outside “Fire Exit. Not an Entrance.” Good idea. People in the basement need to get out when there’s a fire, right? Well, the problem is that the fire escape stairs are still covered in snow, which has probably hardened to a nice slick surface by now.

So if you work in the basement of that building, just pray there is no fire because you will be pretty well boned if you need to evacuate quickly.

If you see something like this at your home or office, advise your building manager to take care of it ASAP before you call the fire marshal. Needless deaths can be avoided by simply doing some easy things.

Carl Weaver is a writer and brewer for and has been making beer and wine for more than 20 years. He is also an avid photographer and writer and just finished his first book, about a trip he took to Thailand to live in Buddhist monasteries. He considers himself the last of the Renaissance men and the luckiest darned guy in the world. Follow him on Twitter.

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