Safety

'Less bottom rod' fire exit hardware

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, December 1, 2012

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Fire-rated doors in healthcare organizations come with different configurations of fire-rated hardware. One of the more common configurations is latching hardware that is mounted on the surface of the door, rather than inside the door. While this configuration is popular because it is considered easier to adjust and maintain than concealed rods, it leaves the rods exposed between the horizontal panic hardware and the latching device at the top and/or ­bottom of the door. Facility managers quickly learn that the bottom rod extending to the lower part of the door is a frequent target of carts, beds, and other items that are pushed through the opening.

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