Emergency exit devices Magic Lock in Charlotte NC

When choosing the right emergency exit device for your commercial space, there are some key considerations you’ll need to keep in mind. Here at Magic Lock, we’ve installed emergency hardware for customers all over Charlotte NC. So, no matter where you are, from Dilworth to Newell to Ashley Park, we can help you find the right device for your commercial space. Here’s everything you need to know about the process.

Key terms for emergency hardware

As you start looking, you’ll notice that there are many terms for emergency devices, such as:
   – Panic bar or crash bar. Panic bars allow for occupants in an office, hospital, warehouse or other commercial setting to freely evacuate in the case of an emergency. Panic or crash bars are spring loaded and mounted at a specific height and placement so that
opening the door requires as little force as possible. These devices can be connected to an alarm system that is triggered when the bar is pushed.
   – Fire door hardware. Fire door hardware is similar to a panic bar but it is designed specifically for a fire rated door. These doors are insulated against heat and will lock in place during an emergency in order to prevent the spread of a fire.
   – Delayed or controlled egress. Egress, or the ability for occupants to leave a space, usually needs to be free and easy. But in some cases, such as in a hospital or geriatric facility, egress must be controlled for the safety of occupants. Whether your space requires free egress, or a version of controlled egress will depend on the nature of your business.

How many emergency exits do you need?

The number of emergency exits required for your commercial space is determined by your occupancy load. In general, spaces accommodating between 50 and 500 people will require two emergency exits.

There are some special circumstances, such as in the case of furnace rooms or refrigerated rooms. We’re happy to help you better understand where your unique commercial space falls within these codes.

Emergency exit hardware design

Exit devices are not universal, and you’ll want to make sure you buy the design that is appropriate for your door. Here are your options:
   – Rim lock. Rim locks latch directly to the door frame of a single door or the mullion of double doors.
   – Mortise lock. This style features a larger lock case that is embedded in the door, offering a more secure and durable locking system.
   – Vertical rod (concealed or surface). Many double doors feature a mullion, or vertical metal beam, that allows each door to latch to a strike plate. But, in some cases, a mullion is unwanted because it blocks part of the entryway. Vertical rods fix this problem by allowing the emergency exit device to latch to the top or bottom (or both) of the door frame. Vertical rods can be mounted internally (concealed) or onto the outer surface of the door. There are a few other design styles when it comes to emergency exit devices. So, if none of these options suit your needs, our experts at Magic Lock may be able to recommend
alternatives for your Charlotte business.

Best brands of emergency exit devices (and how much they cost)

One big consideration for business owners is making sure you comply with building codes while also staying within budget. Luckily, there are a few trusted brands that deliver the best quality hardware for the best price, such as:
   – Premier Lock. Premier Lock offers a range of different panic devices that are UL and ANSI-accredited. They also have fire rated versions, which are more expensive (about $100-$110) than their standard exit devices ($80)
   – Detex. Detex is a well-established company that specializes in commercial locks and exit devices. So, you’ll find that their range is one of the broadest on the market. Detex products are also easy to come by. They’re available on Amazon and at most supply stores, and you can even find them at Walmart. Prices for Detex range from $500 to $900.

   – Taco. Taco is another popular option that you can find at most major sellers in the country. This line of panic hardware ranges from about $75 for rim devices to $150 for vertical rod hardware.

Exit device installation

Proper installation of exit devices isn’t just about being code-compliant. Even more importantly, you want to make sure that everyone who steps into your building will be safe in the case of an emergency. That’s why it’s so important to call in a professional locksmith to install an emergency exit device. Our Magic Lock security experts can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your exit devices are appropriate for your space, properly installed, and tested for functionality. No matter where in Charlotte your business is located, our team is on the way!

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