What is a Rim Panic Device?
What is a Rim Panic Device?
A rim panic device, also known as a rim exit device or rim latch, is a type of door hardware that is designed to provide safe and secure exits in emergency situations. Rim panic devices are commonly found on exit doors in commercial buildings, such as schools, hospitals, and office buildings. They are designed to allow for easy and quick exit in case of an emergency, while also preventing unauthorized entry.
How does a Rim Panic Device work?
A rim panic device is typically installed on the inside of a door, and consists of a horizontal bar or push pad that, when pressed, releases the latch or bolt from the strike plate on the door frame. This allows the door to be opened quickly and easily, without the need for a key or special knowledge of the door’s locking mechanism. In addition to the horizontal bar or push pad, a rim panic device may also have an exterior trim that is used to unlock the door from the outside in case of an emergency.
Features and Benefits of Rim Panic Devices
There are several features and benefits of rim panic devices that make them a popular choice for commercial buildings:
- Quick and easy exit: Rim panic devices are designed to provide a quick and easy exit in case of an emergency, reducing the risk of injury or panic among occupants of the building.
- Secure locking: Rim panic devices are designed to prevent unauthorized entry from the outside, while still allowing for easy exit from the inside.
- Durable construction: Rim panic devices are typically constructed of high-quality materials, such as steel, and are built to withstand heavy use and abuse.
- Compliance with safety codes: Rim panic devices are designed to meet safety codes and regulations, ensuring that the building is in compliance with local and national safety standards.
- Compatibility with fire and life safety systems: Rim panic devices can be easily integrated with fire and life safety systems, ensuring that the building is protected in case of a fire or other emergency.
Types of Rim Panic Devices
There are several types of rim panic devices that are available, including:
- Standard rim panic devices: These are the most common type of rim panic device, and consist of a horizontal bar or push pad that, when pressed, releases the latch or bolt from the strike plate on the door frame.
- Vertical rod rim panic devices: These devices are similar to standard rim panic devices, but have a vertical rod that extends from the bar or push pad to the bottom of the door. This provides additional stability and strength to the door, making it more resistant to forced entry.
- Mullion-mounted rim panic devices: These devices are designed to be installed on double doors, where a mullion separates the two doors. The panic device is mounted on the mullion, providing a secure and safe exit in emergency situations.
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