Hold-Open Devices on Rated Stairwell Doors

Discussion created by ccolson on Dec 5, 2016
Latest reply on Dec 6, 2016 by rfdacm02

I would like to get some opinions and input in regards to hold-open devices on rated stairwell doors.  NFPA 101,, allows for these devices to be used on stairwell doors as long as the 5 requirements are met.  I am not completely sold on hold-open devices for rated stairwell/egress doors.  I know the reasoning but I have also seen these devices fail. This is the occupants safe path of egress and should provide that unprotected means to the exit discharge.  What is everyone's thoughts/feelings on this issue?