Hi guys. My name's Darrel, I'm head of the tech team here at LocksOnline.co.uk and we're doing product reviews today and more importantly the product I have in front of me is a panic latch, it's made by a company called Exidor.
Here it is here and the idea of this is that you would fit this on a fire door, and in the event of a fire or an emergency, you can just use a single point of activation in which to get out. So let's get it out of the box and let's see exactly what we do have in the box.
You've probably seen these around. You may not be familiar with what they're called or who makes them, but this is the actual product here. So let me get that out because there's other parts as well, I'm not going to sit up there. Let me get all the other fixings out. We've got a nice little sign as well. A nice little keep and some fixing screws. Let's get the box out of the way and let's have a look at what we've got here.
So, the idea is, is that on a fire door, if you're thinking you have a fire door or the fire brigade has been around or you've had a risk assessor come in and say 'Listen guys, you need to have better security or an easier way of getting out through a fire door,' the old rules used to be is that a single point of activation in which to get out.
So, in other words, if you had a bar across then if somebody fell against the door, the idea is that the bar would then open the latch and everybody would fall out. The idea with this is a little bit more refined in as much as that, it doesn't have the bar, it's just the latch on its own. It just sits there like that. So, if you were coming up to your fire door, you've got it there in front of you, you just press that like that and what it's doing in effect is it's pushing the latch back as you can see there.
Now these latches are handed, you can turn it around if you have a door opening the opposite way. Sorry I was miles away then. And if you notice here, there's a little fixing plate here, I don't know if you can zoom into that, but you can then pop this latch then on the opposite side so if the door's hinged this way, then it would work that way and of course this one is designed to work that way as it stands at this moment in time. So, they can be handed whichever hand suits you.
What you'll also notice on here as well, is you've got a spindle there and an 8 millimetre follower to allow a spindle to go through the door to have what these would call a locking knob set that sits on the outside. So, if the door is a pedestrianised door, in other words it's going back and forth all the time, and you want to be able to have people to access the door from outside, you can either have a handle that would push down and you'd be able to operate this latch from inside, or it may have a turn and then it would have a key or a cylinder in there and allow you to lock the door from the outside. But of course no matter what you do on the outside, from the inside, you just press that down and out you go no matter what time of the day, or it so forth, is.
It comes with, this particular one, comes with a nice 'Push pad to open' sign that you can stick above it to help with all the regulations that there may be. It comes with the standard fixings as you can see there. It also comes with a keep that you would use then on your frame to allow you to secure the door into place. So if that was fitted onto your frame, that would go in there like that and then that would lock in there like that. So there you go.
So what I'll do is I'll get some measurements for you just in case you're thinking 'Oh, I've got one and it's broken,' and you want to replace it. Well, if I get some very quick outside measurements and so forth for you on this, then you will see whether or not you can actually retrofit this with one that you may have, or you might be thinking of fitting it as brand new and 'Will it actually screw onto my door and have I got enough space to fit it?'
So, without further ado, let's get some measurements for you. So the actual width of this particular product is 55 millimetres, the height, I know it's bevelled across the top and slightly bevelled at the bottom, so I go to the furthest point there for you. We're talking there 175 millimetres, 174 millimetres is about as accurate as we can get.
If this is going to be the leading edge here, which is going to be sitting on your door here, then we would then call this the backset. So let's get that measurement there. So that is roughly, it's going to be far off about 29 millimetres, say 30 millimetres. So, if you've already got a hole in the door and this is sitting right at the edge of the door there, so your door is sitting up nice and flush against that, then that backset there is about 30 millimetres. I'll also get some fixing centres for you because that's quite important as well. If you're thinking of retrofitting, will it actually go in the same holes? Our centres there are 40 millimetres.