What is a Panic Bar?
Definition of Panic Bar in Construction The operational bar or paddle that when pushed against, opens a latching mechanism on an assembly referred to as panic hardware. The panic bar is normally a red horizontal bar or vertical paddle, that mounted on the exit door. This bar or paddle is attached to the door at waist height and is just pushed against to deactivate the latching mechanism of the emergency door via the panic hardware. The possibility of a crowd, panicking and pushing their way out the interior of a structure will be controlled by any piece of hardware that automatically disengages upon pressure. This disengagement is exactly what the panic bar is supposed to perform.