Terrorist attacks lead to increased awareness of emergency exits

emergency exitsEmergency exits.Photo: Cornelius Poppe / Scanpix

Nearly one in three say they are more aware now than before of the evacuation routes, partly as a result of terrorist attacks over the past year.

In all, 30 percent place themselves often or always near escape routes in sports arenas and concert halls, 26 percent at airports, 24 percent on trains and at subway stations, and 18 percent in amusement parks and museums, according to figures from the Travel Survey 2016 by TNS Gallup conducted for European Travel insurance.

– Take some time to orient yourself when you are in a new place the first time. Follow the signs marking evacuation routes, encouraged Deputy Director Emma Elisabeth Vennesland from the insurance company.
In Europe and parts of Asia, this is often the green signs with a running person. In the United States and several other countries, it is usually a red or green sign reading “Exit” or equivalent in local languages that ??will apply.

Norwegians are the best people to look for escape routes in connection with accommodation. 58 percent answered that they read the safety notice on their hotel room, and 45 percent look for escape signs in the corridor. Only 4 percent said that they physically try out one or more escape routes.

More than one in four have the impression that hotels abroad are less fireproof than Norwegian hotels, but only 1 of 100 bring their own travel smoke alarm on vacation, according to the survey.

Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today

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