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Door Hold-Open Devices

by Brad Keyes, CHSP, on Jan 29, 2021 1:00:00 AM

Q: Are door hold-open devices that do not release in a fire alarm activation allowed in any area of the hospital?

A: Yes, but only on non-rated corridor doors. Section of the 2012 Life Safety Code does say that corridor doors shall not be held open by devices other than those that release when the door is pushed or pulled. The Annex section A. says doors shall not be blocked open by furniture, door stops, chocks, tie-backs, drop-down or plunger-type devices, or other devices that necessitate manual unlatching or releasing action to close. Examples of hold-open devices that release when the door is pushed or pulled are friction catches or magnetic catches.


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