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Why was the panic bar invented?

Why was the panic bar invented?

A panic bar is a device that allows a door to be easily opened from the inside in case of an emergency. Panic bars are typically found on the doors of public buildings such as schools, hospitals, offices, and theaters. But why was the panic bar invented in the first place?

The history of the panic bar

The first patent for a panic bar was filed in 1908 by Carl Prinzler, a German inventor who recognized the need for a quick and easy way to exit a building in case of an emergency. Prinzler's design consisted of a horizontal bar that, when pushed, would retract the latch bolt and open the door.

Over the years, panic bars have evolved to become more sophisticated and reliable. Modern panic bars feature improved materials and construction, as well as additional safety features such as alarms and automatic locking mechanisms.

The importance of panic bars

Panic bars play a crucial role in building safety, allowing occupants to quickly and easily exit a building in case of an emergency. They are especially important in situations where a large number of people may be trying to exit the building at the same time, such as during a fire or other emergency.

By providing a single, easily accessible exit point, panic bars can help to prevent panic and confusion in emergency situations. They can also help to reduce the risk of injury or death, by allowing occupants to quickly escape from a dangerous situation.

Panic bar regulations and requirements

Because of their importance in building safety, panic bars are subject to various regulations and requirements. These regulations may vary by location, but generally require that panic bars meet certain safety standards and are installed correctly.

In the United States, panic bars are subject to regulations set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the International Building Code (IBC), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), among others. These regulations specify things like the height and width of panic bars, the force required to operate them, and the location and number of exits required for different types of buildings.

Choosing the right panic bar

When choosing a panic bar, it's important to consider factors such as durability, cost, brand reputation, and compliance with regulations. Working with a reputable and experienced installer can also help to ensure that your panic bars are installed correctly and are functioning properly.

At Automatic Door and Hardware, we offer a wide range of panic bars and other commercial door hardware products. Our knowledgeable staff can help you to choose the right panic bar for your building, and can provide expert installation and maintenance services to ensure that your panic bars are always in top working condition.


The panic bar is an essential safety feature in commercial buildings, providing a quick and easy way for occupants to exit in case of an emergency. By understanding the history and importance of the panic bar, as well as the regulations and requirements that
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