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Are you a business owner or a maintenance manager facing the process of a fire rated door checkup? Do you need to install or repair a panic bar on your exit door?


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Okey DoKey Locksmith offer panic hardware installation and repair services for your business and office. For a FREE ESTIMATE call (512)523-4550 and our commercial lock smith will come out to you same day.



What is a panic bar?

Panic hardware offer crowd of people inside an establishment quick and smooth leave in an emergency.


In most cases emergency door locking devices fixed on the inside of a exit door and only used to leave. Exit door can use a key lock and exterior knob besides the device, but must not prevent people on the inside to escape.


How does a panic door work?

A panic device consist a piece of bar generally made up of a flat metal placed on the inside of the door. The bar connected to a latch on the door. Pushing against the bar retracts the door latch mechanism and the door open. This design offer resistant to obstructive issues, and functions with fewer moving elements.


On top of this basic functionality, there are several more panic device options:


How do I know if I need a panic hardware?

Panic door locks are durable affordable and easy to use. People frequently install them in non fire exit places. For example a theater visitors, mall shoppers or a hospital bathroom door to use by disabled.


The interesting thing is that the question, “When is fire exit device required by codes?” is under continual struggle among experts. Many times there is no one simple answer to this seemingly simple question.


In general, fire exit hardware required on an egress doors serving the following 4 occupancy's:

  1. Educational facilities like schools, preschools, universities etc.
  2. Assemblies of 50 occupants or more.
  3. Electric equipment rooms (depend on volts and distance from the exit).
  4. High hazard spaces.

On top of the four it also depend on occupancy type and requirements. The final decision determined by the size of the space divided by the number of square feet per person.


Exit only vs reentry panic hardware

First there are exit only devices with no reentry using the same door. Some doors will also have an exterior keyed lock cylinder to retract the latch when the key turn. Another option is the installation of a handle on the exterior trim. With both of these components, reentry is possible either by the key or moving the lever or knob when needed.


Exit door alarm systems

Sometimes the panic hardware or the exit door include an alarm to sound a siren whenever the door opened. Alarm system is a battery or electric operated and is access control related.


Automatic door closers

One crucial part of a exit door will be an automatic door closer which retract the door for the next exit.


Panic hardware code requirements

Panic hardware standards and codes developement done by two organizations. The IBC (International Building Code) and the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Requirements and constraints vary depending on a state jurisdictions.


In many cases, exit door hardware combined with electric components. Some consist of alarm, controlled egress, electric latch retraction, and delayed egress. this will carry additional restrictions and requirements.


In some states, exit doors must meet requirements for tornado and hurricane protection test.


Fire exit device vs panic hardware

Fire exit hardware require positive-latching with no mechanical dogging. To achive push/pull operation, an electric latch that projects automatically retract upon fire alarm. For example, the entry doors to a mall configured to achieve electric dogging during working hours.


Panic hardware used on exit doors mostly convenience or for heavy trafic use. Typically they consist of a dogging feature that allow push/pull function on the door. Dodgging can be electrical or mechanical and done to enable traffic to go in/out.


Can I install an exit door hardware by myself?

Fire exit device codes and standards are complex and it's installation requires fire department inspection. It is highly recommend to use a commercial locksmith or an access control technician to install them!


If you want to install a panic hardware by yourself, find the instruction in the user guide provided in the kit. Generally the step to install will include the following:

  1. Marking the position of the installed hardware on the door and frame.
  2. Installing of a dogging cylinder (if needed). This step requires drilling and is risky for the average joe.
  3. Mounting the device body to the door.
  4. Install strikes, protectors and cover.

Panic hardware manufacturers

Due to the sensitivity of emergency exit doors, manufacturers thoroughly tests their products under different circumstances and conditions.


Some of the most reputable exit door hardware manufacturers are Dorma and Von Duprin. This products comply with all applicable regulations which makes them the perfect choice for the American market.


Where to buy panic hardware locks & parts

  1. Door exit hardware are to be found at hardware stores like Lowes or Home Depot. They usually hold only basic hardware for installation on wood or metal doors.
  2. Amazon and Ebay is a good place to start looking panic hardware online. Usually, you will have to wait for couple of days for the shipment and complete the job by yourself.
  3. Dedicated door hardware and fire exit devices online stores.

Grade 1 - Education & Assembly Occupancy's


Installation type Price
Service call $29
Wood Door $220-$600
Metal Door $320-$700
Glass Door $420-$1000

Grade 2 - High Hazard Room


Installation type Price
Service call $29
Wood Door $300-$500
Metal Door $400-$650
Glass Door $500-$1100

Grade 3 - Access Control


Installation type Price
Service call $29
Wood Door $600-$2000
Metal Door $700-$2200
Glass Door $1000-$3000

* This estimates includes the locksmith coming out to your location, the parts and the labor. The final price also depends on the door infrastructure and the type of equipment required. Optional components such as an exit push button, door closer or motion sensors greatly effect price. The tech will provide a proposal or a total cost after diagnosing the door and your requirements.



References

  1. Ask a question in the International Code Council forum.
  2. wikipedia - Crash bar.
  3. Allegion.


Related articles/services

  1. Automatic door closer.
  2. lock change.
  3. Magnetic locks.



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