What you should know about
emergency exit doors.
Next time you are in a restaurant,
theater, hotel, hospital, school or other
public building and you see an exit door chained
shut, or even if it looks like an obstacle course
because of boxes or chairs piled in front, take
a big step towards safety and report it. If a
sign above the door says "EXIT," obstrucing or
locking the door is not only unsafe, it's illegal.
There are other ways to keep a building secure
without endangering the people in it. Ever since
the first "panic push bar" or exit hardware device
was patented in 1908, doors can be kept locked
from the outside while letting people inside leave
quickly and safely.
The exit panic bars you
see on most doors do an excellent job of both
securing a building and providing a safe way out
in an emergency. Yet if the building owner chains
or blocks the emergency exits to stop abuse, a
fire could extract a high price in tragic deaths
for this security.
To prevent loss of goods
or unwanted use of a door, codes now allow, and
manufacturers have developed exit door hardware
with built-in delayed releasing or unlocking and
internal alarms. Von Duprin's CHEXIT Controlled
Exit Device lets people leave immediately if a
fire alarm or smoke detector goes off or power
fails, but otherwise sound an alarm and keeps
the door locked for 15 seconds to prevent a theft
from leaving unwanted entry. The alarm can be
turned off temporarily to let authorized people
use the door without sounding the alarm.
Safety makes sense. The
most important thing to be aware of, there are
products that can secure a building and provide
life safety in an emergency.
Exit Door Hardware
and Life Safety
A Model Code Study on
the Use of Exit Devices
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