Panic Bars and Glass Doors

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When you are selecting the right panic bar for your door, there are some minor details that often go unnoticed.  One of the smallest details that is generally overlooked is the width of the stile (or frame) of a glass door.

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This is important because narrow stile glass door will not be able to use a standard sized panic bar and included locking cylinder.  This is because the trigger mechanism for the locking cylinder is in the center of the head of the panic bar.  You can use a standard sized panic bar on a narrow stile glass door, however you will not be able to use an outside locking cylinder.

For narrow stile glass doors we recommend using the Sentry E. Labs 100 Series or 2000 Series panic bars.  These panic bars were specifically designed for narrow stile doors and will allow you to use a outside locking cylinder or the trim of your choice such as a lever handle.  These panic bars were designed to work with narrow stile doors and not obstruct the view of the glass pane in the door.


Access Control Allows for Added Security

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Security is always a main concern for residencies and businesses.  The addition of a driveway or property gate does lend a sense of safety and security to its owner. However, the use of additional access control devices in conjunction with your gate can only increase the safety of your property.

Access control devices are devices like intercoms,  keypads, and card readers that limit  access into an area.  Each device has its benefit for being chosen as the main access control device for a property. Intercoms are good for businesses and residencies that use guards or have someone constantly available to monitor who wants to come in or go out of the property. Keypads and card readers are good for properties that require high security systems, experience high traffic volume,  or their hours of operation cannot always guarantee that an individual is physically available to provide access to the property.

If you want to cut down on the possibility of unwanted individuals entering your property, consider investing in an access control device.




Understanding the Door Handle Locking Mechanism

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Panic Exit Pro carries a number of safety door handles designed to be used in conjunction with panic exit bars (one example is the Sentry Safety Series 2000 Door Handle) .  The door handle easily attaches to the panic bar, allowing the user to open the door using the handle rather than pushing the bar. However, it is important to remember that using the lock on one mechanism or the other does not mean that both the exit bar and the door handle are locked or unlocked. Each piece comes with its own set of keys. You cannot use your panic exit bar key to unlock your door handle or vice versa.  Even so, the door handle can be set to use the dogging feature of the panic bar, meaning that the panic exit bar  can be set in a depressed position so that it remains open until locked.  Feel free to watch the following video for more information on one of the door handle models that Panic Exit Pro carries.

Electronic Microswitch Rim Surface Mount Panic Bar is a Great Choice For High Security Establishments

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For those looking to install a high security panic exit bar into their business or institution, consider the Electronic Microswitch Rim Surface Mount Panic Bar by Sentry E. Labs. This panic exit bar is designed to be used with doors that are between 25 and 36 inches  long with a minimum width of 25 inches. The panic bar can also be trimmed to fit the width of the door in question.

The Electronic Microswitch Rim Surface Mount Panic Bar is intended for use with an electromagnetic lock. As pressure is applied to the push pad, the microswitch inside of the  panic bar will  release the  electromagnetic lock located at the top of the door.  This makes it perfect for places like hospitals and museums that require extra security.  

The panic bar comes with a dual microswitch output, is fully painted in satin silver finish, and is compatible with magnetic locks, as noted previously. In addition, it is easily installed with six bolts.  To learn more information about this and other panic exit bars, check out the panic exit bar section of

How to Choose the Best Panic Exit Bar For Your Establishment

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Choosing the best panic exit bar for your needs is easy. allows customers to use a program called Accu-Choice to narrow down the available panic exit bar choices to find the best fit for their needs. Accu-Choice narrows down the selection according to door style, location, door width, whether the door is part of a firewall system, if there is a need for an electric strike, if dogging is necessary, if there is a need for an alarm system or a handle with a cylinder lock,  door material, as well as the exposed width of the door in the closed position, among other things.

Once Accu-Choice narrows down your selection choices, you can make an educated decision on which of the panic bars to choose. If there are no panic bars that closely match your needs, you are welcome to call directly at 1-877-726-4239 and speak with a representative who will assist you in finding the panic exit bar for you.

Replacing a front entrance panic exit bar and door handle

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We are posting one of our recent live chats, it covered some good questions and felt it could help to answer some questions others may have:

Visitor 7:38:58 PM
im looking for a panic bar and exterior handle for my shop entrance door to replace the one we now have.

Matt 7:40:20 PM
is your current surface mount?

Matt 7:40:35 PM
do you have a knob or lever handle?

Visitor 7:41:09 PM
I surface mounted with a lever

Matt 7:42:12 PM

Matt 7:42:25 PM

Visitor 7:42:33 PM
is the 4000FR suitable

Matt 7:43:20 PM
The FR stands for Fire Rated, unless your exterior wall is a fire break between your building and a building close by it is unnecessary

Matt 7:44:36 PM
Fire Rating is mistakenly purchased for safety purposes thinking that it would be good to have one resistant to fire. However if you were trapped inside you would want the bar to fail quickly so the door would be free swinging and you could run through. Fire Rated holds it closed in a fire, preventing the spread of fire to other buildings or wings

Visitor 7:44:42 PM
ok so which panic bar would be best to go with the handle you suggested

Matt 7:44:48 PM

Matt 7:45:31 PM
or if you want it to have a UL rating:

Visitor 7:46:22 PM
that’s a more heavy duty model?

Matt 7:46:41 PM
the only difference between the two is one they paid to have the $30K testing done. The other is built the same but with a knob dogging so it would need new testing for a UL rating and they didn’t deem it worth it since the two bars are so alike

Matt 7:47:25 PM
so basically they are the same bar, one with allen ky dogging, the other with knob, but if you need the UL cert for code you go with the 1000 series

Visitor 7:48:06 PM
ok so with either model when the door is unlocked with the exterior key, customers can enter with no problem

Matt 7:51:01 PM
correct. When the exterior handle is unlocked anyone can walk up and turn the handle and open the door. Further to that, since they both have dogging you could activate the dogging feature and leave the door free swinging so you don’t need to turn the handle at all. This is primarily used on heavy use doors with a pull handle on the outside and a door closer on the inside (like a restaurant – they typically dog their doors during business hours, the door closer keeps them closed and when you pull on the door it freely opens) With the exterior handle, typically you do not put it in dogging mode, you just unlock it and they turn the handle and pull the door open like any other door in a building

Using a Pedestrian Gate to Keep Parks and Other Outdoor Areas Safe

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In an increasingly dangerous world, it’s important to keep parks and other community outdoor areas as  safe as possible. One way to do this is through the use of pedestrian gates that open only from the inside.  These types of gates are especially good for enclosed areas, like playgrounds, where child safety is important. Parents and guardians won’t have to worry about the possibility of a stranger opening the gate from the outside and taking their children from the play area.

It’s easy to modify a pedestrian gate to meet the best safety standards by installing a hydraulic gate closer and a panic exit bar made especially for gates. The hydraulic gate closer easily closes gates up to 250 pounds and does not slam shut like other closing springs.  The gate closer can be installed on the side, top, middle, or bottom of right or left hand gates and mounts on the opening side of the gate, pushing it closed. The panic exit bars all feature an exit only mechanism and cannot be opened from the outside, except with a key. The outside unlocking ability is only present on some models and the key hole is discreet.

Using a Panic Exit Bar and a Lever Handle to Unlock a Door on Either Side

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When working in an office setting, it’s always a good idea to keep your know that your place of employment allows for safe and efficient exit strategies in the event of an emergency. Consider, for example, two office suites that are connected by a single emergency door. Each  suite has its own set of emergency steps, but you want to allow your employees on either side of the door to be able to enter and exit the other suite should the need arise.

Is your best bet to install emergency exit bars on either side of the  door to allow it to be unlocked from either side? Unfortunately, no. If you were to install a push bar on the side that people mainly pull to open, it would be difficult to push the bar in and pull open the door at the same time. This can slow down the flow of traffic between the two suites  even further.

Instead of installing more than one emergency exit bar on either side of the door, install one panic bar on the side that people push to open and a lever handle that is left unlocked on the side that people pull to open. Doing this type of installation will allow for employees to move between suites in the safest and quickest manner possible.



We Now Carry LockeyUSA Products

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We’re always adding new products so when you visit Panic Exit Pro you know you’re getting the most comprehensive shopping experience possible. LockeyUSA products allow us to continue offering you that far-reaching experience.

LockeyUSA offers a vast selection of keyless entry locks and accessories including mechanical door locks, electronic keyless locks, keyless gate locks, and hydraulic door and gate closers.

We’re committed to working alongside LockeyUSA to provide you with the widest range of security products and accessories to serve all of your commercial and residential needs.

Double Door Panic Exit Bar Latching

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When putting a panic exit bar on a double door that does not have a mullion there are two important considerations about this setup.

1. Is there an overlap between the two doors? If there is then two panic exit bars that latch on top and bottom of the frame would not be the way to go. The reason is if you released the one that is overlapped by the other the top and bottom latches of the overlapping door would prevent it from being opened. This could pose a safety hazard. In this setup you would want the overlapping door to have a side latch like a single door. The strike for the overlapping door panic exit bar would go on the outside edge of the rear face of the door that is being overlapped. In this solution if you press on the panic exit bar of the overlapped door it will force out the strike of the panic exit bar of the overlapping door allowing both to go open.

2. Do you need access from the outside? Most panic exit bars that latch on top and bottom of the frame do not have release mechanisms on the rear side of the panic exit bar to interact with an outside handle. there are a few such as the the Sentry Safety 1200UL, but for the most part this is not the case. Take this into consideration. If you must or want to use a panic exit bar that does not have an outside handle typically the single door version of that same model bar will allow for an outside handle. If that is the case you can pair a top and bottom latch panic exit bar with a side latch panic exit bar like in the first example and give outside access to the doors.