What is Panic Hardware?
Definition of Panic Hardware in Construction Panic hardware is a hardware assembly that is designed to accommodate a panic situation. Normally consisting of panic bars that activate the locking mechanism on the door, the use of panic hardware is specified by the building codes. Public structures with exterior exit doors, normally require panic hardware and panic bars. The principal of panic hardware is the ability to open the door and exit the structure even if a crowd of panicked occupants are pushing you against the door. This is the reason why the panic bar pushes against the door to deactivate the latching mechanism. There is no reason to have to pull anything towards you to deactivate the latching mechanism. Therefore the push of a crowd will open the door automatically due to the pressure against the panic bar.