How a Commercial Locksmith Can Help Facility Managers Meet Building Codes

Posted on January 25, 2017 by Jaece Hogue

Ensuring that building codes are met during construction and throughout a business’s operation is essential. In Texas, building codes address electrical, fuel, and fire issues; energy conservation; plumbing; mechanical issues; and building structures. While a commercial locksmith is not necessary for ensuring that certain areas are up to code – such as a building’s plumbing – they can assist with things such as panic bars, exit devices, and more.


Helping Commercial Businesses Meet Texas Building Codes


A violation of building codes can be time-consuming and costly, and avoiding a violation is always ideal. What’s more, a violation of building codes may also be dangerous, putting consumers and employees at risk.


For example, Texas Local Government Code Section 232.062, adopted from International Fire Code, as it pertains to means of egress, reads that certain doors may not be locked and that certain lock types are forbidden, including a lock that would prevent use of operation with certain exceptions. A failure to follow this code could put all of those within the building in danger in the event that a fire was to occur.


A commercial locksmith can help to ensure that your business is up to code via the installation of exit panic bars, which are often seen in buildings accompanied with a sign reading that the door is to remain closed and that it is an ‘exit only.’ Panic bars provide a means of egress in the event of an emergency, while also preventing indoor access from the outside, thereby providing internal security as well. Exit devices such as panic bars can even be used in the dark, and allow disabled persons and children the ability to safely exit the building.


Ensure Your Business is Up to Code Today


There is nothing worse than being hit with a fine because your business is not up to code and didn’t take necessary precautions. To ensure that you are operating within the law and not putting anyone’s safety in jeopardy, call the commercial locksmiths at A-1 Locksmith today. We can assist commercial businesses as large as Fortune 500 companies, as well as local mom and pop shops. We’re just a phone call away, so reach out to us today to learn more about why we’re the best in the business.



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