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October 8, 2007

Panic Hardware – getting out in a hurry

Filed under: Home Sweet Home,Reviews — peepingtom @ 8:57 AM
Panic Bar Review

Think of a fire exit in any public or business building, the metal bar that goes across the door is an example of panic hardware, namely a panic bar. Panic bars are quick release locks designed for use on emergency exits to a building.

When a fire bell sounds, the last thing you want to be doing is searching for a key to get out. So you just push on the bar to unlock the door so you can open the door. However, you don’t want intruders to gain access to the building. Panic bars use special locks that stop anyone on the outside getting in. Panic bars for fire exits also need to withstand a high degree of heat but still operate correctly by releasing the lock when pushed down.

However, on entrances, you want people to get in and out! For entrances that are used several hundred times a day, your choice of commercial door lock is important. The lock needs to be secure, strong, well constructed, and capable of being used at such a frequency, which can be up to 2.5 million uses in its lifetime! The lock will wear over time, but assuming 500 to 1000 uses per day, a grade 1 lock will last up to 7 years.

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