A panic bar, which may also be called a “crash bar” or a “panic device,” is a metal bar installed horizontally on a door that is outward opening. By pressing the bar, a spring-loaded mechanism is activated that will open the door so the individual can quickly leave a building. We supply and install the panic bars, crash bars, and other exit devices that you may need to meet local, regional, or national building codes for your building.
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Here are some of the most common questions we get asked about the installation and use of panic devices.
#1. When should I install a panic exit device?
A panic exit device should be installed at any commercial location where a fast exit from the building by multiple people may be required. Because the crash bar bypasses the traditional locking mechanism, anyone can push the door open to escape. It is important to remember that not only is the presence of the panic device required by building codes, but the installation of the device is also covered by building codes.
#2. Are there common brands of panic devices?
You’ll find that Stanley, Grainger, Detex, Falcon, and Maxgrade tend to be the top searched panic bar brands today. Prices range from about $75 for the most economical models to over $700 for certain high quality rim exit devices. Most exit devices that comply with building codes, even when an alarm is needed for a retail location to prevent theft, will fit within this price range.
#3. Are there different types of exit devices?
You’ll find most exit devices are designed to be either have a rim design, a vertical rod design, or have a Mortise design. All of these exit device designs can be equipped with alarms as well if needed. Each has certain advantages. The vertical rod design, for example, gives more security to the door from outside intrusion without reducing the ease of escape that people may need. Mortise devices tend to be more of a heavy duty solution, while a standard rim device is extremely economical for the building that needs multiple doors equipped with a panic bar.
Do you need a panic bar and exit devices installed?
It can be tempting to do a DIY installation on these items, but a professional installation can make sure that your exit is up to code. Speak with your code inspector about your need for a panic bar and then speak with us to determine which devices will meet your needs in the budget that you have.