Some short articles involving ADA and Life Safety Compliance for Business's.

A CODE TO LIVE BY
© 1999 The National Locksmith

When it comes to the doors, fire exits and the type of hardware on the doors of your business; NFPA 101 is the basic guideline various jurisdictions base their Life Safety Codes on.

The underlying premise is: any exit door be operable by anyone in the building in "one motion". That is, the locking device must be operable ("... with no special knowledge ... even in the dark") by anyone leaving the premises.

Which precludes multiple locking devices, double cylinder deadbolts, chains, hasps, padlocks and drop bars (unless specifically exempted by the local fire marshal).

Life Safety Codes stipulate the "path of travel" to a fire exit, must be free all obstructions. Further, the door and any exit hardware on it, must be in "good working order".

Otherwise, you could be in violation of local Life Safety Codes and subject harsh monetary penalties.

Call us, for Life Safety Code solutions that you and your customers can live with!



THE ADA AND YOU
© 1999 The National Locksmith

The American With Disabilities Act's mandates effect virtually every facet of your business' operations. Types of door hardware, the width of aisle ways between tables and counters - to keeping personnel health and job performance files separate is covered by the ADA.

The Americans With Disabilities Act requires all covered businesses to install or retrofit lever sets instead of doorknobs on entry and other doors where applicable. Push/Pull handles must be "U" shaped. Door opening pressures and the height of door hardware from the floor are specifically mandated by the Act. The ADA even requires door operators under definitive circumstances.

ADA requirements and penalties are far more stringent than Life Safety Codes, Building Codes and Health Code regulations ever were.

According to the penalty schedule of the ADA the first fine could be as much as $50,000.00! In light of that kind of "penalty", doesn't it make good sense to let us help you find a viable solution?



WRONG HARDWARE CAN BE EXPENSIVE
© 1999 The National Locksmith

Many business owners feel the easiest way to keep the thugs at bay is to install a heavy-duty deadbolt, locking bar, slide bolt or chain and padlock on the doors they feel are most vulnerable to attack.

Although the new lock just might prevent a future burglary, it could bring the business owner the unwanted attentions of the local fire marshal.

According to NFPA 101 - which are the minimum criteria that most jurisdictions use to base their Life Safety Codes on - putting a deadbolt, slide-bolt or other type of auxiliary - or secondary - locking device on the selected door would most likely be forbidden.

Therefore, if there is already an "approved " locking device on the door ? even though you may feel the approved lock is inadequate to do the job you want it to. By putting another lock on the same door you may not only be a violation of your area's Life Safety Codes ... but could net you an unwanted fine!

The law, in most jurisdictions, requires that any person should be able to exit any commercial building in an unimpeded manner. Further, that law states that any designated fire exit (Virtually any door that permits egress from the building.) cannot have any lock, chain, bolt or device that requires a key or "any specialized knowledge" to operate - "even in the dark".

Call us to help you find good, solid, workable security solutions. Solutions that allow you to proactively protect your premises and the assets on those premises. Solutions that will not only keep the bad guys and gals out, but will keep the fire marshal, the health inspector and your wallet happy too!

After all, what do you have to lose?


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