You may have heard it called by different names: exit device, panic bar, or crash bar. The primary purpose of an exit device is to protect life safety by providing single-motion egress to occupants of a building or room. These devices are designed for easy use so they can be operated by nearly anyone, including small children and physically impaired people.
Exit devices aren't typically considered to be glamorous hardware items. They are often installed on low-profile, but important, doors. For this reason, exit devices should not be considered as an afterthought. Life safety codes require the use of exit devices in specific situations. Most life safety codes prohibit the use of any other lock or mechanism on the door that would prevent the single-motion use of the device. Life safety codes can vary by jurisdiction so contact us to confirm you are following the correct regulations.