As a business, the last thing you want is to incur fees and marks of violations for something, especially something that you could have prevented. Violations for door locks and entrances and exits is an extremely common issue businesses deal with and is, unfortunately, a very easy problem to fix when spotted.
Locks and doors are easy to overlook when it comes to safety regulations.
Knowing what to look for and what the standard safety practices are is important to ensure you’re up to code on all your locks and doors. You need to make sure doors are unblocked, usable, and up to date. We can help you make sure some of the more obvious and easier to handle violations are fixed before you find yourself in trouble.
Below is a list of common lock and door violations that businesses can face. Take a look and see if you recognize any.
This is one of the easiest issues to fix, a blocked exit. Often this is when debris or other items are sitting in front of an exit, such as trash or stored items. It can also be a person loitering in front of an exit. But it can also be a locked door. During hours of operation, all exits must be unblocked and unlocked. There are ways to install auxiliary locks to ensure compliance and continues safety.
Knob Lock Sets
Doors, in short, need to be usable. All door opening and closing mechanisms need to be able to be operated with a closed fist or a loose grip as part of compliance for those with an impairment. This means a knob lock set cannot be used for business exit doors because of the physical requirements to open. This is why most exit doors utilize push levers. You need to make sure all exits are up to code in this department.
Improper Mag Locks
Mag locks are tempting from a security standpoint, but they are mainly a no-no for businesses. Several different codes and regulations make mag locks nearly impossible to have legally in a business, though some exceptions are allowed if you confer with your local AHJ. To avoid the headache, stay away from them unless you believe you absolutely need them.
What is the safest type of lock for my business?
There’s a lot of options when it comes to afterhours safety. Deadbolts are always a good option for smaller businesses, you can also utilize biometric locks if you have the budget and security need for it.
What is the easiest lock to pick?
Breaking and entering has gotten a bit more sophisticated but typical key locks are generally easy to pick for most skilled lock pickers. You’ll want to look into more sophisticated locks for your business.
Talk to your local locksmith about how to tackle any violation issues you fear you have at your business.
Over 30 years of knowledge and experience makes Action Locksmith an expert at bringing your business up to code and correcting violations. As one of the best locksmith companies in Michigan, we provide emergency service 24/7 and can help you with all your door lock and security needs. From re-keying to keyless entry, camera installation, master key systems and door repair, we do it all.
We can start by surveying the security and lock codes in your business and provide you with a plan of action. Call and schedule a security consultation today and Save!