Q&A GraphicIn my current column in USGlass Magazine, I addressed a type of latching hardware that is very common on aluminum storefront doors.  Consider this question:

Are paddle latches (AKA push paddles) a code-compliant option for the main entrance of a business occupancy (Group B)?

This hardware shares some similarities with panic hardware – it operates with one motion in the direction of egress and does not require tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist – but there are differences between the two as well.  It can be difficult for building professionals to know when push paddles may be used in lieu of panic hardware.

If you’re not sure where paddle latches are allowed by code, check out the post on the USGlass website!

USGlass Magazine is the largest trade publication that specifically serves the architectural glazing industry.  From manufacturing and fabrication, to distribution and installation, the magazine covers all facets of the industry – including the code requirements that apply to these openings!  As the list of my monthly posts grows, you can click here for the whole library.  🙂

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