Flatirons Locksmiths: Panic Bar Installation for your Boulder Business
Panic bars are required on commercial buildings so that occupants do not become trapped inside them during a fire. If you’re a Boulder, Colorado business owner, here are a few things to consider when choosing the panic bar that’s right for you.
Look for equipment that has been independently tested to ensure it meets OSHA requirements. Panic bars that meet these requirements can be listed as “fire rated” or “UL listed for fire exit hardware” on their packaging. You should also check to see if the panic bar is certified to ANSI A156.3 2001 Grade 1 standards, as this will also ensure it complies with OSHA regulations.
If your business has a fire alarm, it’s possible to have a panic bar automatically open whenever the alarm is tripped. These bars can be electronically wired, but are also capable of being operated manually if need be. When opened, they transmit an alarm signal, so warning signs stating that an alarm will sound if opened should posted near them.
For added security, you can choose a panic bar that is tamper-resistant. A secure panic bar will provide more than 2,000 pounds worth of static load force resistance, meaning that an extreme amount of force would be needed in order to pry it open. Ones with a double latch mechanism are also very secure, and tend to operate more smoothly and quietly than those with only single latches. Panic bars can also be designed to lock on the inside by using either a cylinder lock or a hex key.
Panic bars help keep your customers and employees safe while also helping your building remain secure from break-ins. Therefore it is imperative that the ones you have installed in your building are in good working order at all times. Flatirons Locksmiths can help with the selection, installation and maintenance of these devices.
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