What is an Exit Only Exit Device?
What is an Exit Only Exit Device?
Exit only exit devices are a type of hardware used on commercial doors that allow people to exit a building through a door without needing to unlock or disengage the latch mechanism. These devices are commonly used on emergency exit doors, stairwell doors, and other doors where exit-only access is required.
How do Exit Only Exit Devices Work?
Exit only exit devices function by having a fixed latch that engages when the door is closed, preventing the door from being opened from the outside. However, when someone pushes on the bar or touchpad on the inside of the door, the latch retracts and the door can be opened to allow egress.
Unlike other types of exit devices that may have a lock or key cylinder, exit only devices are always unlocked and cannot be locked from the outside. This ensures that the door remains accessible for people who need to exit the building quickly in the event of an emergency.
Types of Exit Only Exit Devices
There are several types of exit only exit devices available on the market, including:
- Touchpad Exit Devices: These devices have a touch-sensitive pad that is pressed to release the latch and open the door.
- Crossbar Exit Devices: These devices have a horizontal bar that is pushed to release the latch and open the door.
- Push Paddle Exit Devices: These devices have a vertical paddle that is pushed down to release the latch and open the door.
Applications for Exit Only Exit Devices
Exit only exit devices are commonly used in commercial buildings and public spaces where safety and security are a top priority. They are often installed on emergency exit doors, stairwell doors, and other doors that lead to areas where people need to be able to exit quickly in case of an emergency.
Additionally, exit only exit devices are often used in conjunction with other safety and security measures, such as fire alarms and security cameras, to ensure that buildings are safe and secure for their occupants.
Choosing the Right Exit Only Exit Device
When choosing an exit only exit device for your commercial door, it is important to consider several factors, including the type of door, the level of security needed, and any applicable building codes and regulations.
At Automatic Door and Hardware, we offer a wide selection of exit only exit devices to meet the needs of any commercial application. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the right hardware for your specific needs and ensure that it is installed correctly for optimal performance.
Exit only exit devices are an essential component of commercial door hardware, providing reliable and safe egress in emergency situations. By understanding the different types of exit only exit devices available and their applications, you can choose the right hardware to meet the needs of your building and ensure the safety and security of its occupants.
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