I was told you have to allow 30 secs for a door to remain unlock when closed. It seem to be too long for areas that post as a security breach in a health care facility. If so where in NFPA 101 can I look for that reference.
All I can say at this time is that doors in the means of egress are not to be latched and locked unless they comply with section 18/126.96.36.199.
Your question needs a lot of discovery of the facts before a meaningful answer can be found.
Please provide more detail on your situation.
OK. We have doors in the means of egress that are part of access
control system and magnetically hold closed. To disengage the magnetic
hold you need a card swipe to get in and we have the sensor inside to
allow you to get out. So once you swipe to go in or when you go out and
the door closes, is the 30 seconds for the door to remain unlock a
requirement. It seems like only after the 30 seconds the magnetic hold
should energize and hold the door closed. That seems too long for
secured areas like nursery or Pharmacy. Please enlighten me on this.
I know that in our facility (senior care) our doors lock immediately when it senses they are closed again. and must open from inside after 15 seconds of pressure on the door for fire escape purposes. Hope this helps.
Thanks for your input. I do appreciate it.
Thanks for giving more information about the doors. According to Section 188.8.131.52.4 of the 2012 NFPA 101 access-controlled egress door complying with 184.108.40.206.2 are permitted in lieu of doors within the required means of egress that are not to be equipped with a latch or lock that requires the use of a tool or key from the egress side. Section 220.127.116.11.2 allows, if permitted by Chapter 19, door assemblies in the means of egress to be equipped with electric lock hardware that prevents egress as long as all the following criteria are met.
You wrote: So once you swipe to go in or when you go out and the door closes, is the 30 seconds for the door to remain unlock a requirement. (?)
The manual release device requires a 30 second or more delay to lock the door when operated in accordance with Section 18.104.22.168 (3) (c).
Excerpt from 2012 NFPA 101.
Thank You for your response . It is much appreciated.
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