Panic Bar and Exit Devices | Bronx Locksmith
Do You Need a Panic Bar and Exit Devices?
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. Panic bars, for the most part, have been mostly implemented for emergency use. However, there are some buildings and establishments that have incorporated panic bars on their doors for normal usage as well, due to the fact that is much easier to simply push on a door to get it open rather than having to reach out to and turn a lever, knob or door handle.
We here at the Bronx Locksmith supply and install panic bars, crash bars, and other exit devices that you may need in order to meet local, regional, or national building codes for your building.
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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we get from our clients in regards to the installation, use and different brands of panic devices.
#1. When should I install a panic exit device?
A panic exit device should be installed at any given 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. Failure in installing a panic exit device on your building not only violates the aforementioned building codes, you are also putting the lives of different people at risk if and when an accident or hazard occurs within the premises.
#2. Are there common brands of panic devices? What are they?
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. There are several brands to choose from, with that being said, we are always happy to help you in finding the one that suits your specific needs.
#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 of these exit devices have their own 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. Are you confused about which type of exit device you’ll be needing? Feel free to let us know and we’re sure to help you out.
Do you need a panic bar and exit devices installed?
It can be tempting to do a DIY installation of these exit devices, but a professional installation must be made in order to make sure that your exit is up to code. Speak to your code inspector about your need for a panic bar, then come speak to us so that we can help you determine which exit devices will meet your requirements at the budget that you have. Together, we can find the right solution at the right price!