View Full Version : Door latches - here's an exciting topic

03-27-2011, 06:57 AM
Our Fire Marshal made it clear last season that all exterior doors of our building had to be always able to be opened from inside and totally incapable of being locked in such a way that someone inside would be prevented from getting out. Essentially, panic bars as on schools, auditoriums, etc. Our system previously had been hasps with padlocks on all exterior doors and during operation the doors were padlocked open. That's not acceptable, because the door 'could' be locked...

So we replaced all of the doors on the building with new steel doors with panic bar systems.

Here's the thing.... we have added a new outdoor section to the haunt that is inside an 8' fenced area. Under our code, we will have to have an emergency exit in this area. We have included a gate in the new fence for this purpose.. but I have never seen a panic bar system for a wooden fence gate. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions...

Jim Warfield
03-27-2011, 07:13 AM
Or maybe a weak magnet? One of those magnetic-release deals , maybe operable with a battery for power-outages? If there is such a thing?
Maybe another steel door with the escape-bar hardware is in the future for the wooden fence?
Paint the steel door to look like the rest of the wooden fence?

03-27-2011, 09:11 AM

we have the same regulations..in our outdoor doors we have exit signs above the door and we spring them closed...just push and they open..works great

arent u guys open for midwest or hauntcon ? would like to come see your show

Mad Wax Sculptor
03-27-2011, 12:24 PM
Mybe just take take door completely off the gate during operation creating an open exit. Place a curtain over the opening and place an actor there to prevent people from just walking in

03-27-2011, 12:40 PM
Hell yeah we are open for Hauntcon. Bring the Hoochies and come party it up Fear Fair style!

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