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How Do You Keep a Panic Bar Open?

How Do You Keep a Panic Bar Open?

A panic bar, also known as an exit device or crash bar, is an essential safety feature in commercial buildings. It allows occupants to quickly and easily exit a building in the event of an emergency, such as a fire or natural disaster. However, there are times when it may be necessary to keep a panic bar open, such as during building maintenance or when moving large items in and out of the building. In this article, we will explore the different methods for keeping a panic bar open.

Using a Hold-Open Arm

One of the most common methods for keeping a panic bar open is by using a hold-open arm. A hold-open arm is a metal bracket that is attached to the door frame and holds the panic bar in the open position. The hold-open arm can be released by pushing a button or pulling a release lever, which allows the door to close and latch securely.

When using a hold-open arm, it is important to ensure that the arm is installed correctly and securely. The arm should be positioned so that it does not interfere with the operation of the panic bar, and should be checked regularly to ensure that it is functioning properly.

Friction Hold-Open

Another method for keeping a panic bar open is by using a friction hold-open device. This is a simple mechanism that uses friction to hold the panic bar in the open position. To use this method, the panic bar is pushed down to the open position, and then a friction device is engaged to hold it in place.

The advantage of using a friction hold-open device is that it is easy to use and does not require any additional hardware or installation. However, it is important to note that this method may not be suitable for all types of panic bars, and may not be as secure as using a hold-open arm.

Dogging Feature

Some panic bars come equipped with a dogging feature, which allows the panic bar to be held in the open position by turning a key or using a special tool. This feature is designed to allow for easy access and exit during normal business hours, but can also be used to keep the panic bar open for longer periods of time.

When using the dogging feature, it is important to ensure that the panic bar is still secure and functioning properly. This method should only be used temporarily, and the panic bar should be returned to its normal operating mode as soon as possible.


There are several methods for keeping a panic bar open, including using a hold-open arm, friction hold-open, or the dogging feature. When using any of these methods, it is important to ensure that the panic bar is still secure and functioning properly, and that the method used does not compromise the safety of the building occupants. If you have any questions about panic bars or need assistance with installation or maintenance, contact Automatic Door and Hardware, your trusted provider of commercial doors and door hardware.

Commercial door panic bars and exit device hardware are available at www.autodoorandhardware.com.

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