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Fire Code Friday: Access Control

by Stacey Simmons

TGIFire Code Friday! Have you wondered how to use access control while following fire code? NFPA 101 ( is your answer. Fire exit doors may have an access control system provided that:
– A sensor on the egress side unlocks upon detection of an occupant approaching the door.
– Loss of power to the lock or sensor unlocks the door.
– If the building has a fire protection system, actuation of the system automatically unlocks the door and remains unlocked until the fire protection system is reset.

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