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Emergency Exit Panic Hardware

SLS offer a wide range of emergency exit and panic hardware to suit all styles of exit doors. The range conforms to current European standards. Where buildings are being issued with panic hardware as a new install or retrofit, SLS can offer expert advice in line with the current European standards, BS EN1125 and BS EN179.

EN1125 - This standard relates to push bars and touch bar devices which can be used in any environment, particularly areas open to members of the public.

EN179 - This standard relates to push pad and lever handle devices which can only be used in areas where occupants of the building are familiar with the layout and means of escape, therefore members of the public do not have access.

In addition to the above standards, all exit devices and hardware are also CE marked as a mark of their design with safety in mind.

Details of the standard take into consideration various features and safety issues. Any installed horizontal push bar must have an effective length of no less than 60% of the door width although there must be at least a 10mm gap between the end of the bar and the door frame, this protects fingers from being trapped in the mechanism of the device.

Where a bar is installed a "Push Bar To Open" sign must also be installed, these can be found in the signage section of the website. Furthermore, all devices must have an automatic re-latching device to ensure that the door can close fully back into its frame and the standard forbids the ability to hold the device open in the activated position.

Where there is a set of double doors, whether plain or rebated meeting stiles, the standard states that double panic bolts must not be used. SLS can offer a solution to rebated doors by applying a single panic bolt to the fixed leaf of the door and a single panic latch on the opening leaf, this will conform to the requirements of the standard. Where there are plain meeting stiles on the door, the solution is to install a pair of single panic bolts in keeping with the standard.

Examples Of Panic Hardware Installed On Rebated Door Sets

With all of the considerations required to specify panic hardware it is recommenced to seek the expert advice that SLS can offer. Listed below is a selection of panic hardware that can be supplied in an application. Please take a few moments look at the various types of operators and their relation to the standards and applications.

Rim Mounted Push Pad Panic Latch

The simplest type of panic device to be installed on a single door. The activation of the pad will withdraw the latch allowing the door to open. Applications for this type of device are suited where prior knowledge of the operation of the device is known. This device is not suitable for public buildings as horizontal bars are to be used in those applications. Therefore, in a building where a fire route is practiced and known then this device is acceptable. Types of doors would include offices, flats and apartments, boiler rooms and store room doors. An external device can be used in conjunction with the latch in order to give an override from the outside of the door. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

Mortice Mounted Push Pad Panic Latch

This type of device offers exactly the same functionality as the Rim Mounted Push Pad Panic Latch with the difference that the latch is mortice mounted. The actuator should be used with a mortice nightlatch. An external device can be used in conjunction with the latch in order to give an override from the outside of the door. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

 

Single Push Pad Panic Bolt

This type of device offers exactly the same functionality as the Rim & Mortice Mounted Push Pad Panic Latches with the difference that the actuator withdraws a 2 point locking bar that runs the height of the door. This is seen as a solution where more security is required on a door as the locking bar offers greater strength than a rim or mortice latch. An external device can be used in conjunction with the bar in order to give an override from the outside of the door. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

Single Door Panic Bolt

This panic bolt is ideal for single doors in public buildings. The horizontal activator runs along the majority of the width of the door and the door can be opened by applying pressure to any part of the activator. In conjunction with BS EN1125 this panic bolt can be used in such applications as Theatres, cinemas, nightclubs, leisure centres, shops, libraries, schools and hospitals. An external device can be used in conjunction with the bar in order to give an override from the outside of the door. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

Single Door Panic Mortice Latch Actuator

This actuator offers exactly the same functionality as the Single Door Panic Bar with the difference that the actuator operates a mortice nightlatch. An external device can be used in conjunction with the latch in order to give an override from the outside of the door. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

 

 

Double Door Set To Suit Rebated Meeting Stiles

With the introduction of the standard BS EN1125, it is no longer possible for a double panic bolt to be installed on a set of double doors. This set offers the solution to the installation. The active leaf of the door is fitted with a single panic latch with a horizontal bar and a single panic bolt with horizontal bar is fitted to the fixed leaf. In this way, both doors can automatically close after operation. This solution fully complies with BS EN1125. An external actuator device can be used in conjunction with the set in order to give an override from the outside of the door. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

Pair Of Single Panic Bolts To Suit Double Door Sets With Plain Meeting Stiles

With the introduction of the standard BS EN1125, it is no longer possible for a double panic bolt to be installed on a set of double doors. This set offers the solution to the installation. Both leaves of the door are fitted with a single panic bolt. In this way, either door can be released independently in the event of an emergency. This solution fully complies with BS EN1125. An external actuator device can be used in conjunction with the set in order to give an override from the outside of the door. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

2 Point Single Door Touchbar

A touchbar offers the same functionality of the single panic bolt. The bar spans the width of the door and is easily operated using very little pressure. Fully compliant with BS EN1125, the bar can be used in all applications that a standard panic bolt would be used. An external device can be used in conjunction with the touchbar in order to give an override from the outside of the door. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

 

 

3 Point Single Door Pushbar

This bar offers the same features and functionality as the 2 point version listed above with the difference that a latch bolt adds a third locking point to the device. This would be seen as offering greater strength and security on a exit door. An external device can be used in conjunction with the touchbar in order to give an override from the outside of the door. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

 

Panic Bar with Electronic Latch Retraction

Access Control and Panic Escape Doors have always been a grey area and a difficult situation to offer a solution as there is no recognised standard that mixes the two. With the introduction of a panic device with electronic latch retraction, an ideal solution has been found.

This product acts in the same way as a standard panic latch and can be either single point (as shown) or 2 and 3 point variants. To escape through the door, press the bar and the latches will retract, its a fully mechanical action to exit.

This unit is also electronic in operation and by connecting the bar to an access control device, power can be sent to the bar which withdraws the latches and the bolts automatically. Thus enabling access control, entry on a panic exit door.


Heavy Duty Panic Hardware

Where there is a requirement for panic hardware to be installed into areas where it will be used excessively or where it will experience a level of abuse then it would be an idea to select the heavy duty range of exit devices.

This range has been specifically designed to offer greater security and cope with harsh environments. The robust look of the devices lend themselves to industrial environments and external applications.

The range is designed from high quality mild steel and conforms to EN179 and EN1125 standards as well as LPS1175 Level 4 Burglary Resistance test.

To download the PDF data sheet on this range, please click here.

 

 

Panic Hardware Electronic Locking Box

There may be reasons why a panic escape door may require to be kept locked from access and egress but still remain part of an exit route in an emergency. For that reason, a locking box could be considered. This device blocks the operation of a panic device and is linked into the fire alarm system.

Upon activation of the fire alarm, a signal is sent to the box and it unlocks the panic hardware for use to escape. It can also be manually unlocked using a key.

Applications for this device must be carefully considered and SLS can give full advice as to when it would be suitable to use a locking box.

 


External Panic Device Actuator

This is an example of the type of actuator that can be mounted externally to provide an override for the devices listed above. These actuators can be keyed alike and suited to suit any cylinders installed on site. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.


Modular Design Panic Hardware

All of the above panic hardware is also available in a new modular design range. The modern styling of the range makes it a perfect choice for where aesthetics in a building are important. The range conforms to the same standards required for use on fire escape routes and these exit devices comply with both EN179 and EN1125.

The range is constructed from die cast zinc with steel shoot bolts and is available in a host of RAL painted finishes.

To download the PDF data sheet on this range, please click here.

External Panic Device Codelock Actuator

This product is used to add a level of access control to the outside of a door installed with panic hardware. This mechanical codelock offers a digital code entry that will then operate the panic device internally. The codelock is compatible with all of the above types of panic hardware and while it offers a convenient method of entry through a door it is also strong, durable and externally rated. The units are fully reversible and there is also a version that offers a passage facility that will leave the door unlocked for free access. The lever handle also has a clutch facility so that the lever will operate freely at all times but only operate the panic device when the correct code is entered. This product conforms to relevant European standards and is also CE marked.

 

 


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