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Horizontal sliding door limitations

Hospital Safety Insider, December 27, 2012

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Nearly every acute care hospital in the United States has horizontal sliding doors, most of them with glass panels. These doors can be found in various locations around the hospital, but regardless of location they have one basic characteristic in common: They are all installed in a means of egress.

The Life Safety Code® (LSC) permits horizontal sliding doors in the means of egress provided they meet certain requirements. For example, the doors must be operable from both sides; the force needed to operate the doors must not exceed a certain maximum amount; the doors must break away and swing in the direction of egress; and if installed in a corridor, the doors must latch and resist the passage of smoke. They also must meet fire door requirements if located in a fire-rated barrier, which means the door itself must be fire rated, and self-close and latch on a fire alarm signal.

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