An exit device (also known as a panic bar, crash bar, panic device, or a push bar) is a mechanism for unlatching a door, consisting of a spring-loaded metal bar fixed horizontally to the front of the door (the side of the door that opens outward) and hinged. It is operated by pushing on it, which unlatches and allows the door to open.
Exit devices are used on doorways where unimpeded, one motion egress is required because of occupancy levels or potentially hazardous circumstances. The installation of these devices is typically mandated by fire and/or life safety codes, and must be matched to levels of use, and potential abuse. Exit devices of every quality level are available from G & A Lock Service Ltd., in a full range of style, finish, and function. Ask us about fire rating requirements, as well as a description of access options.