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What Is Delayed Egress Hardware and When You Need It?

delayed-egressHigh security locks are designed to protect properties, people, and valuables but not obstruct egress. Things are a bit different with delayed egress hardware systems though. They are installed to discourage or even prevent crime. Where are they installed? 


  • Airports
  • Childcare, schools etc.
  • Businesses
  •  facilities
  • Residential complexes
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Any environment where security is an issue

What is delayed egress hardware?

It’s a door lock system that will delay egress for a few seconds – this ranges from 15 to 30 seconds based on product. BUT NOT IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS. Delayed door opening is imperative in circumstances when some kind of crime or misdemeanor is about to be committed and the person responsible is trying to use this particular exit to get away.

Which are some common cases delayed egress systems will be needed?

  • Discourage shoplifting or provide enough time to authorized people to catch the shoplifter or thief.
  • Prevent child abduction from either residential buildings or schools.
  • Keep patients from leaving a hospital or any healthcare facility.
  • Protect people from entering a dangerous zone in airports.

Egress systems are usually installed at emergency exits. Now, what happens when a person presses the push bar to exit? An alarm comes off warning the security guards or any authorized person in the building of the situation so that they can take action.

Egress hardware comes alone, is integrated in magnetic locks or works with other locking devices. Most products are compatible with access control systems. Such choices provide potential buyers a set of options between products and how to use them.

What’s important before installing egress delayed systems?

Make sure you stick to the local building code regulation. These rules are meant to protect the public and enhance safety. In most cases, these systems must comply with the local building regulations, but check with your local locksmith. In some cases, they must meet national rules too.

These systems fall under the regulations of the:
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • National Electric Code (NEC)
  • Local Authority Having Jurisdiction (LAHJ or AHJ)

Sometimes, getting approval from the AHJ will suffice. But since this is not always the case, you should check with a local authority or locksmith company.Delayed Egress Hardware

It’s important to get the right permits but also ensure the high security door locks and delayed egress system are installed properly. Why? Because these systems are meant to delay the egress in certain but not all cases. The delayed egress device should be automatically unlocked in case of a fire, earthquake etc. The door should be unlocked at once when the sprinkler or fire detection system goes off or during a power outage. In other words, it’s a matter of public safety if an emergency evacuation is required.

The locking system that is about to change your life

Delayed egress systems can be combined with electric strikes and several (electromagnetic) locks. And they will offer increased protection as long as they meet the required safety standards. So never disregard the importance of building codes. An egress delayed system will not only deter theft and all sorts of delinquencies but also major crimes too. And in most cases, the crime can be prevented too. This is your chance to control wandering patients, keep children safe, protect goods, and provide enhanced safety to the public. So, why not check these systems out!

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