Exit Doors - Locking

The locking arrangement on exit doors must be arranged to open readily in the direction of exit travel so that there is no interference with the orderly movement of people through any exit doors in the event of a fire or other emergency. Any latch or locking device on a door must all release with one normal operation of the door handle or exit device. The door handle or exit device must be operable from the egress side without the need for a key, tool or special knowledge. Bars, chains or other makeshift security arrangements are not permitted on exit doors. The Life Safety Code has established these requirements for locking devices on exit doors to ensure safe egress from a building while maintaining features that are essential to security within a building. [Life Safety Code, section 7.2.1.5]

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