Jim Campbell of Allegion sent me this Fixed-it Friday photo this morning, and it made me wonder about the code-compliance of egress deterrents. The photo was taken at a VERY well-known theme park which does a great job with their door-related code-compliance, and is frequently inspected by the local code officials. The black part of this chain looks like it might be a magnet, which would allow the chain to separate easily if someone tried to exit through this door. I’ve also seen plastic loops – like light-weight zip ties which break when someone tries to open the door. As far as I know, the model codes don’t address these deterrents.
FF: Egress Deterrent