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Force required to open final exit escape doors.

Tony Campbell

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Could anybody direct me to where I can find out more information/regulations on the force required to open a final exit/fire escape door on a block of flats. The doors present require significant force to open, and I am concerned that a disabled or elderly person would not be able to open them.

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Tony Campbell 



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BS EN 1125:2008 Building hardware. Panic exit devices operated by a horizontal bar, for use on escape routes, is the standard for final exit doors that use panic bars.

BS EN 179:2008 Building hardware. Emergency exit devices operated by a lever handle or push pad, for use on escape routes. Is the standard for lever handle or push pads.

You should find the release forces recommended for each device, so it depends how the exit door is secured.

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