In North America, the EXIT sign is seen in every building, for the most part. However, in the rest of the world, an exit sign is typically green and has the image of a man running. The American version of the EXIT sign was designed after a large fire killed 146 garment workers in 1911. The National Fire Protection Association worked throughout the 30s and 40s to develop an easily read and recognized sign that points towards exits. They decided to use an English word instead of a symbol because “The U.S. was more parochial then.” According to NFPA’s Robert Solomon.