ADA and Fire Code

ADA and Fire Code

    Proper locks and door hardware are an important part of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) for all businesses. See the ADA Guide for Small Businesses, and the Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal. Be sure to also look into the tax credits and deductions that are available when you make your business more accessible. We can help you choose and install the appropriate locks and door hardware. We recommend ADA-compliant leversets manufactured byArrow Lock and Door Hardware.

   Lock and door hardware choices may also be determined by fire and building  codes. Fire standards are set by the National Fire Protection Association  (NFPA), but it is important to follow local codes. Most unfortunately, we have not found consistent enforcement of these codes. It is imperative that you check with local authorities. 

   In general, in commercial and business applications, fire exit devices should be installed on all marked fire exits. Exceptions may be made for entrances which are to remain unlocked during all business hours. Cylindrical locks are not recommended for use on marked fire exits.


   In residential applications, we never recommend double-sided deadbolts (keyed on both sides) on exterior doors. There is an interesting report on the NFPA website that includes information on catastrophic fires in 2005. The deadliest residential fire that year included deaths apparently caused by the occupants’ inability to operate deadbolt lock from the inside. The NFPA site also includes recommendations for protecting doors near glass, without resorting to double-sided deadbolts.

Above courtesy of Altic Lock