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"Less bottom rod" fire exit hardware

Hospital Safety Insider, December 20, 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.

"Vertical rod fire exit hardware is available with top and bottom rods and latches, or with the top rod and latch only, known as 'less bottom rod' or LBR devices," says Lori Greene, manager of codes and resources at Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.

This brief was excerpted from the December issue of Healthcare Life Safety Compliance.

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