A Look At Common Problems With Panic Bar Exit Devices

In commercial buildings that can house a lot of people at any given time, a typical exit door can actually prevent people from getting out of the building in a quick fashion in the event of a fire or other emergency. Typical door opening mechanisms have to be twisted and turned to make the door open.

When people are in a panic, it is best if they can open the door without a lot of forethought or physical effort, and panic bar exit devices allow just that. These bars can simply be pushed to open the door. As valuable as these devices are, they can also have problems on occasion. Here are a few things that you will want to prevent in order to make sure your panic bar exit devices works as it should. 

The panic bar exit device is installed improperly. 

It is important to make sure any panic bar exit device you have installed on your doors is properly installed by a true professional, such as DuPage Security Solutions, Inc. If the panic bar is not in the right location, it will not be convenient to access in the event of an emergency. Additionally, bars that are not properly installed can come dislodged during an emergency, which could lead to catastrophic problems that would put many people in danger. 

The panic bar exit device gets stuck when pushed because it's dirty. 

Even though the panic bar is fairly resilient and built to be easy to clean, these devices can and do accumulate dirt and debris in the cracks and crevices. If too much grime gets inside, it can prevent the bar from releasing when it is pushed inward, which can cause the bar to get stuck in an open position. Make sure you take the time to clean your panic exit bars occasionally to prevent these kinds of problems. 

The panic bar exit is inhibited by secondary locks. 

If you have to install secondary locks on exit doors that have a panic bar installed, it is important to make sure you work with a professional locksmith who understands how panic bars work and the codes that come along with them. A lock installed in the wrong way can prevent the panic bar from opening the door like it should when it is pressed. For example, if you have a bolt lock installed on the door, it can mean the door is still going to be lodged closed if someone tries to push it open in an emergency situation.