Those of us who have worked in the door and hardware industry for a while are familiar with past tragedies like the fires at the Iroquois Theatre and the Cocoanut Grove Nightclub. Knowing that history, this egress door serving an auditorium gives me chills.
When push/pull (non-latching) hardware is used on doors serving assembly occupancies, panic hardware is not required, but when the door needs to lock or latch, the hardware must be panic hardware or fire exit hardware. This surface bolt could prevent the occupants of the auditorium from exiting quickly if there is an emergency.
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