What is the push bar called on a door?
What is the push bar called on a door?
When it comes to commercial doors, the push bar is an essential component. It allows people to exit a building quickly and safely in the event of an emergency, and is often required by building codes and regulations.
Names for Push Bars
The push bar on a door is also known by a few different names:
- Panic bar
- Crash bar
- Exit device
- Push paddle
- Push bar
Each of these terms refers to the same type of door hardware: a mechanism that allows people to exit a building quickly and easily by pushing on a horizontal bar or paddle. The term "panic bar" is perhaps the most commonly used, as it emphasizes the bar's use in emergency situations.
Uses for Push Bars
Push bars are commonly used in a variety of commercial and public buildings, such as offices, schools, hospitals, and retail stores. They are required by building codes and regulations in many jurisdictions, and are often a key component of a building's fire safety system.
The primary purpose of a push bar is to provide a safe and efficient means of egress in the event of an emergency. In a panic situation, people may become disoriented or confused, and having a clearly marked exit with a push bar can help guide them to safety. Additionally, push bars allow people to exit a building quickly and easily, reducing the risk of injury or death in the event of a fire or other emergency.
Types of Push Bars
There are several different types of push bars available, each designed for different types of doors and applications:
- Rim exit devices: These are the most common type of push bar, and are installed on the surface of a door. They are typically used on single doors or pairs of doors that are not required to lock.
- Concealed exit devices: These are installed inside the door and are not visible from the outside. They are typically used on pairs of doors that are required to lock, and provide a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
- Mortise exit devices: These are installed inside the door and are used on pairs of doors that are required to lock. They provide a higher level of security than rim exit devices.
The push bar, also known as the panic bar, crash bar, exit device, push paddle, or push bar, is an essential component of many commercial and public buildings. Its primary purpose is to provide a safe and efficient means of egress in the event of an emergency, and it is required by building codes and regulations in many jurisdictions. There are several different types of push bars available, each designed for different types of doors and applications. If you need help selecting the right push bar for your commercial doors, Automatic Door and Hardware is here to help.
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