When their exit door’s panic bar failed during an inspection, a restaurant owner in Huntington Park, CA, contacted us at Kardo Locksmith for commercial door repair. They knew how important functional panic bars are, so they called us right away to check them out. Our technician discovered that a worn-out spring was causing the panic bar not to extend the latch as it should. The fatigued spring did not have enough tension to lock the latch back into place. We replaced the spring with a compatible factory part number spring and got the panic bar working again. Since the panic bar was over 20 years old, we recommended replacing the entire unit, which the client agreed to do in the upcoming months.
If you own or operate a business, you know that panic hardware and emergency egress and ingress codes are vital to the safety of your employees and customers. You are also aware that it will not pass inspection if your commercial establishment does not comply with these codes. One important aspect of this code is panic bars.
Everyone has seen panic bars on doors in public spaces like city buildings, schools, and even in high-density buildings such as movie theaters, restaurants, and shopping malls. Panic bars, also known as push bars or crash bars, are a type of door opening system that enables users to open a door by pressing a bar. Any panic bar door opener will open the door when someone presses on the panic bar, whether it is mounted horizontally or vertically.
If a panic bar is improperly installed or positioned, it can fail to do its job correctly. It may be due to a mechanical issue, such as the misalignment of the components. If the hardware does not line up properly, it cannot effectively protect the door in an emergency. Additionally, if the hardware is not positioned correctly, it may not release properly in an emergency, trapping people in a dangerous area.
Different kinds of injuries can occur when maintenance has not been carried out properly on panic bars. In some cases, people have suffered severe cuts or bruising, and in rarer cases, amputation due to protrusions from inappropriate replacement parts. It has been seen multiple times where larger bolts or screws have been used instead of the required size. Cover plates and end caps can become damaged and sharp, posing a risk of injury if removed.
A panic bar is an important safety feature on exit doors, but it can be rendered useless if a secondary lock is added to the door. If an exit door is barred using a mechanical barrier or chain, the panic hardware will not be able to open the door. The placement of obstructions in front of exits in an attempt to stop theft can be life-threatening and often violates fire codes. Most commercial buildings are regularly evaluated for compliance with fire codes. When a store owner or manager decides to block an exit, the store becomes responsible for compromising public safety.
Contact a local locksmith when you need to repair a push bar! At Kardo Locksmith, we understand that when it comes to the safety of your commercial space, you do not want to take any chances. We are one of the trusted names in commercial locksmithing in LA and the surrounding areas. We offer a wide range of emergency services, from panic hardware repair to full-length commercial locksmith service. So call us today, and let us take care of panic hardware needs!
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