Using panic hardware can be a challenge for healthcare facilities

February 7, 2020

Panic hardware is a popular exit device used to provide quick egress for healthcare facilities occupants in a state of emergency, according to an article on the Campus Safety website.

However, it's sometimes difficult to determine when panic hardware is actually required by the Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) and the International Building Code (IBC).

For instance, current codes require panic hardware to be mounted between 34 inches and 48 inches above the floor (existing panic hardware may have been installed in accordance with previous code requirements).

Some codes and standards require panic hardware to operate with a maximum of 15 pounds of force, while other codes and standards limit the operable force for hardware to five pounds. A special UL listing indicates panic hardware that is certified to operate with five pounds of force or less.

Read the article.

See the latest posts on our homepage


Topic Area: Security

Recent Posts
Recent Posts

23 Employees, 13 Patients Infected At Mass. Hospital After Employee Visited A Coronavirus Hotspot

The coronavirus cluster emerged on a non-COVID unit


Tenn. Hospitals Preparing Extra Space If Needed For Covid-19 Patients

COVID-19 hospitalizations are hitting new highs in the region



Contact Tracing Gets Real

Hospitals and clinics look to location based intelligence (LBI) for fully automated, real-time contact and contagion tracking


NICUs Facing Unique Challenges During Covid

A patient is labor is not going to be asked to wear a mask


Some R.I. Hospitals Getting Pushback on Mask Requirements

A state ban ban on hospital visits changed in July and restrictions were eased — but not lifted


Post Comment


News & Updates • Webcast Alerts • Building Technologies

All fields are required.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.