Welcome back to the second part in the series, in this article, I’m going to cover BS EN 1125.
BS EN 1125 defines options for mechanical locking of escape route doors for panic escape.
These blog posts will provide a high level, easy to understand overview of the standard, however the standard and any implications should be read in full to ensure compliance.
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You should always consult a registered architectural specifier prior to specifying escape standards.
This standard applies to panic escape, primarily public buildings, such as hospitals, cinemas etc, where members of the public can freely access, or where large numbers of people will congregate.
The key differentiation here is that people have no formal training on where the escape routes are or how to operate locking devices to enable them to escape.
The standard requires that all locking devices on an escape door must be removed with a single action, that can be achieved with one hand, this is the same as BS EN 179.
In a panic escape installation, the standard requires a crash bar that occupies at least 60% of the opening width of the door.
In panic escape scenarios, the doors must open in the direction of escape to prevent crushing.
For further detailed information, please download this brochure from the Door Hardware Federation.