Fire Doors and the right sort of lock - LocksOnline
There has always be this sort of debacle of what comes first.
Security of Fire
Of course the answer is clear, it has to be fire, but how can you comply with your insurance, which in all honesty would want you to secure all the doors like Fort Knox and yet the Fire Birgade would say, if you need to get out it has to be as easy as possible.
When you have a fire escape door a few basic rules are required
The door must open outwards.
The door must not be locked to prohibit escape.
The action must be a single operation.
The door must open if people are pressed against it.
Ok in an ideal world, if the building was just being built doors would be fitted exactly like the above, with proper hardware.
However, in certain applications, you may not be able to hand the door to open outwards, you may not be able to put a single point off operation panic bar of the door. Or that, at certain times when the place is empty you may need to ensure you have extra security.
When you are faced with these type of dilemmas, there are solutions and there are consequences.
For instance a properly maintained fire escape with all the bells and whistles fitted to make it a proper means of escape has a guide as to how many people can pass through that door are a given time. This you may find in a pub or nightclub that effects its occupancy figures, the more escapes routes, in theory the more people you can have.
If the amount of people is not really a problem then you can reduce to effectiveness of the means of escape. But, it must all depend on a risk assessment based on the regulatory reform fire safety order of 2005.
So taking this all in and looking logically you have two options. If the door opens out, then great fit a panic bar, we would recommend Exidor Panic Hardware.
If the door opens in then you need an escape lock, click here to see a range we have on offer.
If you need security on an inward or outward opening door consider a lock that complies with BS8621, Era Security Locks do an escape lock to BS8621.
Another thing to consider is if the door is opening outwards, consider fitting hinges bolts for around a £5.00 this will stop someone from hacking through the hinge pins and opening the door from the hinge side.
Written by Darrel Walters, head of the tech department
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