COMMON BUSINESS DOOR VIOLATIONS

As a business owner, you want to make sure your customers and employees are safe. Sometimes you might not even know that they are already at risk because of some simple door violations that can be fixed. Check out these common code violations and correct them before you get cited, or someone gets hurt.

OBSTRUCTED EXITS

All exits must remain clear and cannot be blocked. This means boxes, crates, carts, and equipment must be away from the exit door at all times. If an emergency arises, stopping to clear access to the exit door can put lives at risk. Check storerooms and work areas to make sure the exit door is not blocked.

DEADBOLT LOCKS

You may be tempted to add deadbolts to your exit doors for added security, but if these are locked during business hours the door cannot be opened quickly in an emergency. Instead look into having a side hinge deadbolt, security hinges , or Panic Bars – Multi-Point Locking Systems installed.

Storefront doors with an Adam’s rite Deadbolt also can be an issue if the interior mechanism is a keyed cylinder instead of a t-turn. If you have to lock and unlock your front door from the inside with a key its time to replace it with a thumb turn device instead.

DOOR KNOBS INSTEAD OF LEVERS OR PANIC BARS

The latching mechanism on an exit door must be such that it can be operated with a loose grip or closed fist and in a single motion. Door knobs do not meet these criteria, as they require a firm grasp and the ability to twist the knob. If your exit doors have doorknobs instead of levers or panic devices, it is time to replace them.

B&E LOCKSMITH CAN HELP

If you need assistance with your doors to make sure you are compliant with local and federal codes and your customers and employees are safe, B&E Locksmith is here to help. We provide emergency commercial service 24/7. Contact us today to get started or call and text anytime at 435-414-9753.

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