A common problem with emergency exits is that you should not lock them. Of course, it’s to make an escape as easy and as quick as possible should an emergency present itself.
But it means that the door can be freely opened, which is often abused by employees and visitors. It’s easy to sneak out the fire door unnoticed and have a quick smoke, or as a shortcut at home time. Quite often, it’s simply left wedged open.
So how can you combat this problem?
You need a way of locking the door and making people refrain from opening it when they please. But you need to achieve this without jeopardising a safe escape from the building in the event of a fire.
Well, that’s exactly the problem that the Redlam panic bolt has been solving for 30+ years.
How The Redlam Panic Bolt Works
Only install the bolt on a fire exit door by itself. Fitting it with a push pad or bar can cause confusion for people who are already panicked. Once the ceramic tube is inserted in place, it will simply hold the bolt in the closed position.
The tube slides in from the side and is then held in position by rotating the cover over the hole. This can then get locked in place using a padlock to prevent unauthorised people from removing it.
The bolt comes supplied with a small hammer, chain and fixings so you can make sure it remains positioned next to the bolt.
In the event of an emergency, you use the hammer to break the ceramic tube. That then allows the door to push open so that everyone can make their exit.
Because the tube is ceramic instead of glass, it produces no sharp edges which could cause harm when broken.
After use, all you merely need to do is replace the ceramic tube inside the bolt.
There is also a version which still allows the emergency exit to open from both sides. On this version, a knob on the other side of the door will break the tube when pushed. This is good for inter-connecting emergency exit doors.
The bolt acts as a deterrent against casual use of the door, as people are less likely to actively break something.
Installing A Redlam Panic Bolt
When you buy your Redlam panic bolt, make sure you buy a few spare tubes.
Without the tube, the door cannot lock shut. So having spares means you will be able to replace the bolt and lock the door after an emergency or accident.
The bolt comes supplied with four screws which hold the bolt onto the door. To secure the hammer and chain to the door, it also comes supplied with fixings and a spring clip to hold the hammer.
This bolt can either fit into a recess or using a keeper plate for the bolt to securely fit into when shut.
Placing a sign above the bolt which tells users how to operate the door in case of emergency, is the best way of ensuring everyone knows how it works.
Manufactured using a strong cast aluminium, the Redlam panic bolt is difficult to tamper with. That means you can provide the reliable security, but easy opening, that your fire doors needs.
This is the easy solution to preventing your fire door becoming congested with traffic when it isn’t needed.