Grate Sidewalks (Bad gate)

Grate sidewalk

The grated sidewalk (I’m sure there is a regular name but we just say it is the walk) is the metal seen at the bottom of the wooden ramp.

Yes, that is a wooden ramp–which gets wet in the snow and rain–which is the fire escape for the adult day center folks (our most frail) located on the second floor of the senior center.

bad gate
Yes, that is a closed gate latch on the only exit for the day center folks coming from the fire escape from the second floor. (Hey, SHE did remember to unlock the gate that day. On the big Thanksgiving Day meal, below, it was forgotten to unwrap and unlock the exit.)

Yes, there is no No Parking sign in front of the only exit.

2006 A message dated March 2006 was tacked inside the building near the food line asking elders to remind staff if they find the gate is locked. This is something of an improvement, however, no one should open the building in the morning except through the gated entry. And it isn’t enough to unlock the gate latch. It should be locked open. Have you ever tried to open a chainlink fence latch in an emergency (try it with one hand behind your back and the other holding a pillow or tied down by the elbow)?

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