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What is a Night Latch on a Panic Device?

What is a Night Latch on a Panic Device?

If you are responsible for the security of a building, you understand the importance of ensuring that all entryways are properly secured. One key aspect of this security is the use of panic devices, which allow people to quickly and safely exit a building in the event of an emergency. Panic devices come in a variety of types, including rim and mortise devices, and can be equipped with various features to enhance security.

One such feature is the night latch. A night latch is a mechanism that can be added to a panic device to provide an additional level of security when the building is unoccupied. When the night latch is engaged, the panic device remains locked even if the latch bolt is retracted, preventing unauthorized access to the building.

How Does a Night Latch Work?

A night latch typically consists of a small lever or button that is located on the panic device itself. When the lever or button is engaged, it causes a metal pin to slide into place, preventing the latch bolt from being retracted when the panic device is depressed. This effectively locks the door, even if the panic device is in the unlocked position.

When the building is occupied and the panic device is in use, the night latch is typically disengaged so that the door can be easily opened from the inside. However, when the building is unoccupied or during certain hours of the day when extra security measures are necessary, the night latch can be engaged to provide an added layer of protection.

Benefits of a Night Latch

The primary benefit of a night latch on a panic device is increased security for the building. In the event that someone attempts to gain entry to the building by depressing the panic device, the night latch will prevent the latch bolt from retracting, effectively locking the door and preventing access. This can be particularly useful for buildings that are unoccupied during certain hours or for buildings that contain sensitive or valuable materials.

Additionally, a night latch can provide peace of mind for building owners and managers, knowing that their property is secure even when they are not on site. With a night latch in place, they can be confident that the building is protected from unauthorized access.


If you are responsible for the security of a building, a panic device with a night latch is an excellent choice to enhance your security measures. By preventing access to the building when the latch bolt is retracted, a night latch provides an added layer of protection that can help deter unauthorized entry and theft.

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