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Orangeville, ON (Harold Doan and Sons Ltd.) Door closers on entrance doors prevent injuries to clients and employee alike by controlling the closing of the door on even the windiest of days. Closers on kitchen or service doors help control the intrusion of insects, vermin and even would-be crooks. Door closers on rest room doors provide privacy and prevent the migration of odors and germs to other areas of the premises.
Which means door closers must be considered an integral part of the overall health and safety considerations of your business.
Orangeville, ON (Harold Doan and Sons Ltd.) When it comes to the doors, fire exits and the type of hardware on the doors of your business; NFPA 101 is the basic guideline various jurisdictions base their Life Safety Codes on.
The underlying premise is: any exit door be operable by anyone in the building in “one motion”. That is, the locking device must be operable (“… with no special knowledge … even in the dark”) by anyone leaving the premises.
Which precludes multiple locking devices, double cylinder deadbolts, chains, hasps, padlocks and drop bars (unless specifically exempted by the local fire marshal).
Orangeville, ON (Harold Doan and Sons Ltd.) Many business owners feel the easiest way to keep potential burglars at bay is to install a heavy-duty deadbolt, locking bar, slide bolt or chain and padlock on the doors they feel are most vulnerable to attack.
Although the new lock just might prevent a future burglary, it could bring the business owner the unwanted attentions of the local fire marshal.
According to NFPA 101 – which are the minimum criteria that most jurisdictions use to base their Life Safety Codes on – putting a deadbolt, slide-bolt or other type of auxiliary – or secondary – locking device on the selected door would most likely be forbidden.