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Commercial Push Bar Exit Door Installation and Repair Services

push barIf you are a business owner or you own a public building, you must have without a doubt become aware of panic hardware and of the code regarding emergency entrance and exit. Due to the length of this article, we may not be able to cover the scope of the laws and codes however we will cover the most important aspect of panic bars.



Why do we need a Push bar?



commercial buildingPush bars compliance is extremely important to the life and safety of every business owner as well as his employees and of course, the customers. Moreover, there are stiff legal penalties and moral ramifications when one fails to comply with these laws. For instance; a public building will never pass an inspection if the building in question is not up to the Life Safety Code with panic bars and hardware.



Emergency exit doors in buildings



Panic bars are one important aspect of this code. These bars are push bars which are installed on exit doors in order to allow quick exit from the building in case of an emergency. According to OSHA recommendation, every building must have a continuous and unobstructed path of exit to a safe place. These bars provide the required quick exit from a building. They are mostly installed on doors opening to the outside, and come in various styles.



How does a push bar work?



Most panic bars are equipped with alarms which function is to prevent people leaving the building from exiting to steal items. If you are observant, you may have seem these doors in some public buildings such as library, malls, bars, restaurants, and other public places such as schools. Panic bar door can be constructed vertically or horizontally, however, this does not matter since all of them work pretty much the same. The door of panic bar doors are designed to open quickly once someone pushes exit bar.



Panic bars pricing



fire exitPanic exit door bars also come at different prices depending on your need. For instance, you can go for top-end panic exit door bars such as the Detex value series. You can easily install this type of bar in much less time. It is made of stainless steel; it is also rugged, tamper resistant and comes with 100+ decibel alarm and re-arming feature. One thing that set this panic bar apart from others is the state of art electronics for dependable security operation with audible and visual indicators. You don't have to worry about the power; it comes with a back up battery and even a low battery alert to let you know when to change the battery. Ensure you contact your security and panic door company for assistance when you want to install evacuation door. The company will help you in choosing the correct panic bar for your evacuation door. The number of stories, size of the building, occupancy level and your budget will determine exit door number and styles guidelines when you are ready to install evacuation doors.



Keep strangers out



Safety is very important; in order to add extra layer of security in buildings especially in public place, bars must be installed on doors. One of the functions of panic bars is that it prevent entry from the opposite side of a door and ensure quick exit on the inner side of the door in times of emergency. In some countries, the law requires that exit alarm panic bars must be installed on the doors of all the public establishment to ensure optimal safety.



Requirments



Panic bars are metal bars placed horizontally on doors that open outward. When the bar is pushed, it unlatches the door. These bars are required on almost every emergency and fire exit because of their usefulness when one is in a panic. The National Fire Protection Association and the local building codes regulate the use of panic hardware and the requirements for panic bars are different in various places. However, they are needed to be installed properly so they can work effectively. Anytime you want to install panic bars, ensure you follow the necessary guidelines for installing panic hardware in order to install them properly on commercial doors.



Regulation



According the rules of the National Fire Protection Agency, panic bars and exit alarm devices must be installed in rooms which are meant to contain over 50 persons, doors that leads to exit of a building, stairwell exits, and any room that has material that are flammable. Note that the push pad on a panic bar needs to be at minimum half the width of the door itself. Use the templates which come with the bar's packaging in marking the door to determine the area it will be placed when installing the device. The purpose of using the template is to indicate the area where the holes should be drilled and the area where the hardware should be mounted. Overall, you must ensure that the center of the push pad is 41 inch above the floor. This number is the standard size; however, it may vary for schools and daycares. Follow the templates when you are installing the panic bar to the door. In order to avoid voiding the warranty of the door, only make use of the screws included in the packaging when installing the panic bar. When you are done, test the push pad to ensure that it is working properly.



Vertical rod panic bars



There are various types of panic hardware; you can choose Rim devices which can be easily installed and need just a little maintenance to keep it working properly. However, if you choose to go for panic hardware with surface rods, this can be a bit more challenging during the installation; you may require the service of advanced professionals to help you install them properly. On other hand, there is a panic bar with a concealed vertical rod; this type of panic bar needs a professional for installation, they are also very costly. Whenever you want to install panic bars, ensure you choose appropriate one base on the intended use of the panic hardware.



Summary



The importance of panic hardware and exit alarms bars can never be over-emphasized especially in emergency situations. They are important especially when there is fire outbreak in largely occupied buildings. You can operate them with minimal knowledge which makes them ideal for panic situations since a lot of people tend to lose their thinking during extreme situations. It is very crucial you install panic bars properly; you can call a professional to help you in installing them. When installing these bars, ensure you follow federal regulations and maintain them regularly to ensure they work properly at all times. Lastly, panic bars are very important and can make a big difference in a life or death situations.

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