A business owner from SE Washington, DC, reached us at MacArthur Locks & Doors for commercial door repair. The panic exit device on their exterior door got stuck when pushed, leaving the door unable to be locked. We sent out our commercial door installers for an emergency door repair. Upon disassembling the vertical rod on the exit door, our door experts noticed watermarks, dirt, and debris buildup on the inside of the hardware. After cleaning the interior parts of the hardware and replacing the rusty bolts and nuts, we ensured the panic bar was back in its normal operation. Before leaving, we reminded the client to occasionally clean and lubricate the hardware to prevent this kind of problem. The client thanked us for our quick and reliable service.
Panic exit devices make it possible for people to open the door quickly and easily while in a panic. So they must always be in good working order since these devices provide mobility during emergencies such as fires or earthquakes. Thus, having a professional locksmith install an exit device on any emergency exit door is one of the most crucial things a business owner can do.
Panic bars, also called push bars or escape bars, enable fast exits from a building during emergencies. They are required in every public building, including offices, government buildings, schools, hospitals, and commercial places like restaurants and retail malls. Pushing a panic bar will open an exit door.
Typically, a flat integrated part of this hardware piece retracts a latch mechanism when it is pushed over. The more recent panic bar models use a pipe or bar that is easier to push. They are also more resistant to obstructions and have fewer moving parts on the outside.
Unfortunately, despite how useful these devices are, they occasionally experience issues. To make sure your panic bar escape mechanisms function as they should, you should avoid a couple of things from happening.
Make sure that any panic bar exit mechanism installed on your doors is done correctly by a trusted locksmith, like MacArthur Locks & Doors. The panic bar will not be easy to use in an emergency if it is not installed properly. Additionally, improperly fitted bars may become loose during an emergency, posing a serious risk to many.
Despite being very durable and designed to be simple to clean, panic bars can and do collect dirt and debris in their crevices. If there is dirt buildup within, it could stop the bar from moving when pushed inside, resulting in the bar becoming stuck in the open position. To avoid issues of this nature, always clean your panic bars regularly.
Make sure you work with a qualified locksmith familiar with panic bars' mechanism and the codes that correspond to them if you need to put secondary locks on exit doors that already have panic bars installed. The incorrect lock installation may prevent the panic bar from properly opening the door when pressed. For instance, if you have a bolt lock on the door, it may mean that if someone tries to push it open in an emergency, the door will remain tightly locked.
Panic bars and push bars are essential life-saving devices during emergencies. It makes it much more crucial for you to ensure that experts install them and that routine maintenance is performed.
At MacArthur Locks & Doors, we are here to help you with anything from installing a panic bar to repairing and maintaining panic hardware. As one of the best commercial locksmith companies in the DMV area and the surrounding cities, MacArthur Locks & Doors takes pride in years of experience installing, repairing, and maintaining all types of commercial doors. So today, give us a call if you need emergency locksmith services.
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