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What are the ADA Requirements for Panic Bars?

What are the ADA Requirements for Panic Bars?

If you own or operate a commercial building, it is important to ensure that all doors meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Panic bars are a crucial component of many commercial doors, and they are subject to specific requirements under the ADA. Here's what you need to know about ADA requirements for panic bars.

What is a Panic Bar?

A panic bar is a device installed on an exit door to allow easy and quick exit in the event of an emergency. Also known as a crash bar or push bar, it is designed to release the latch when pressure is applied, allowing the door to open easily.

ADA Requirements for Panic Bars

The ADA requires that all panic bars on doors in public buildings and places of employment meet specific guidelines to ensure that they are accessible to people with disabilities. These guidelines include:

Height Requirements

The height of the panic bar must be between 34 and 48 inches above the floor. This height allows individuals in wheelchairs to reach the panic bar and open the door easily.

Force Requirements

The force required to activate the panic bar must be no more than 15 pounds. This ensures that individuals with disabilities, such as those with limited upper body strength, can easily activate the panic bar and exit the building in the event of an emergency.

Clearance Requirements

The area around the panic bar must be free of any obstructions, such as furniture or fixtures. This ensures that individuals can approach the door and reach the panic bar without any obstacles.

Visual Requirements

Panic bars must be clearly marked with a sign that reads "PUSH" or "PULL." The sign must be located within 12 inches of the panic bar and must contrast with the background color to ensure that it is easily visible.

Types of Panic Bars That Meet ADA Requirements

There are several types of panic bars available that meet the ADA requirements. These include:

Rim Panic Bars

Rim panic bars are the most common type of panic bar and are often used on single doors. They are mounted on the surface of the door and are activated when pressure is applied to the bar.

Surface Vertical Rod Panic Bars

Surface vertical rod panic bars are typically used on double doors. They are mounted on the surface of the door and feature vertical rods that extend to the top and bottom of the door.

Concealed Vertical Rod Panic Bars

Concealed vertical rod panic bars are similar to surface vertical rod panic bars, but they are mounted inside the door. The rods are concealed inside the door and are not visible from the outside.

Choose Automatic Door and Hardware for ADA-Compliant Panic Bars

At Automatic Door and Hardware, we understand the importance of providing safe and accessible commercial doors. Our selection of panic bars includes options that meet all ADA requirements, including height, force, clearance, and visual requirements. Our knowledgeable team can help you choose the right panic bars for your commercial doors and ensure that they are installed correctly to meet all ADA guidelines. Contact us today to learn more.

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

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