CODES: Understanding Code Requirements for Panic Hardware

By: Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, CPR, FDAI Allegion

Panic hardware, also know as an exit device, is designed to provide building occupants fast and easy egress in an emergency. The Life Safety Code (NFPA 101) and the International Building Code (IBC), two codes that most healthcare projects are subject to, both include requirements pertaining to panic hardware.

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