Panic Bar Adjustment Guide
Panic Bar Adjustment Guide

Panic Bar Adjustment Guide

A panic bar, also known as a crash bar, is a device that is installed horizontally on the inside of a door to help people unlock a door during an emergency situation. This device is designed to allow fast and easy egress of occupants should a quick exit be necessary. Panic bars are installed strategically on doors around high capacity buildings such as malls, arenas, education centres, and hospitals to allow for quick and unhindered exit from a building in crisis situations. Some of the different types of panic bars to choose from include:

  • Vertical rod panic bars
  • Concealed vertical rod panic bars
  • Panic bar levers

How Does A Panic Bar Work?

A panic bar consists of a spring-loaded metal bar attached to the inside of an outward-opening door. When the bar is pushed downward, it retracts a latch mechanism to unlock the door for fast exit. You don't need any special knowledge or keys to operate a panic bar.

How To Adjust A Panic Bar

  1. Step 1: Remove the covers and check the pin locations in the bracket slots. The pin should be at the bottom of the bracket slot but not touching the bracket.
  2. Step 2: To adjust the rod, you need to remove the pin, then remove the clip from the pin, and drop the bolt out of the bottom of the bracket. You can either change the pin position on the rod in the two holes or turn the rod clockwise to thread it into the lock body.
  3. Step 3: Reattach the bolt with the pin and double check to ensure the pin is in the proper position when it's down, and don't forget to reattach the bracket to the pin. Check to ensure the top bracket pin is also in the proper position when the lock bolt is down.
  4. Step 4: Remove material from the bolt hole in the threshold to allow the pin to fall completely. Attach pre-cut bracket to the threshold and ensure 7/8 of an inch is between the top latch in the frame of the door.
  5. Step 5: Set the trike plate to allow the latch to fully rotate when the door is closing. This will latch the strike plate and allow the bolt to flow cleanly into the threshold. Ensure the strike plate makes contact with the latch when the door opens to fully disengage the system.

Installing panic bars in a building is definitely a worthwhile investment. Apart from allowing for fast and unhindered exit during emergency situations, panic bars can lower your insurance premiums. Besides, they can be installed on exit doors for convenience and ease of use.

Call Smart Locksmith for Panic Bar Installation and All of Your Residential and Commercial Locksmith Needs

Smart Locksmith is a top-rated locksmith company that offers a wide range of residential, commercial, and automotive locksmith services in many locations in Georgia. When you need panic bar installation or repair in your property, you can trust the knowledgeable and experienced locksmiths at Smart Locksmith to get the job done right. From panic bar installation to lock installation, lock repair, key extraction, office rekeying services, commercial safe opening, master key system repairs, auto ignition repair, fast trunk unlocking, and auto-ignition repair, we do it all.

Dec 27,2022

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