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Offices with electromagnetic lock

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Guest StevenT

We have a fire alarm installed in a multi occupancy office block. Each individual office has a electronic lock. I am aware these may need to release on activation of fire alarm. But where does this lie in the event of security protection.
I.E if the alarm is falsely activated then all office and building become accessible

Much appreciate your response kind regards


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As there is a duty to limit false alarms the likelihood of this should be low - also many suites have deadlocks for use out of hours so when the office is empty and the fire alarm goes off the premises remain secure.

Life safety trumps property safety so whilst there is the ability in BS7273-4 (the standard covering the use of these locks on escape routes) to risk assess out some of the emergency release provisions it's usually where the security issue is a greater safety risk than that of fire.

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