Orangeville, ON (James Doan) Given the range of weather conditions in Dufferin County, it is important to have properly working door closers on your wood or metal doors in all types of buildings. This will assure security, help to meet fire codes and even conserve energy. Consider these factors when planning the installation or replacement of your door closers:
Orangeville, ON (James Doan) I have seen over the years just how often the supposedly simple act of getting a key copied has caused frustration and countless trips to various places trying to get even one copy that will actually work!
Most key duplicating machines in hardware stores and other outlets are run for indeterminate times between calibrations. Also different operators on the same machine will have different set-up procedures. The wear on the cutting wheel and the tendency for most things mechanical to shift with use can cause the tolerances to vary enough that your copy will not operate your lock.
There is relief. These guidelines can make life so much less stressful for you.
Orangeville, ON (James Doan) How effective your security solutions are comes down to how effective the controls you have in place are and how vigilant you and your employees are.
One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to secure your home is to have the locks re-keyed. Many people think that to change the keys to their home it’s necessary to change the locks. This is not the case. Re-pinning or re-keying the locks will do the same task and is a simple procedure. We change the pins inside the lock so that the current keys will not open them but a new key provided by us will.
Reasons for re-keying can vary- the most important being the loss of your keys. Even if you have a spare set, it is possible that the person who finds your keys can trace them back to you. You should have your home rekeyed if you have just moved in, whether you’re renting or buying.
You may know the person you bought from quite well and feel comfortable that they gave you all the keys. But you will never know who else had those keys in their possession long enough to have a copy made.
You may also choose to have the locks rekeyed so that they all operate on a single key. To do this, it’s necessary to have all the locks on the same keyway. The keyway is the slot in the lock that the key fits into. Usually different brands have different keyways. The keys made for some locks won’t fit into others. We can inspect your existing locks to determine if any need replacement to allow for keying alike.
Security and Life Safety Code compliance can often seem to work at cross-purposes. However, there are ways to secure any door and stay within code mandates.
Because each exterior door in your building is a fire exit, each of those doors are required to meet certain criteria in order to comply with local Life Safety Codes. Since designated exits (interior or exterior) cannot blocked, locked, barred, chained or padlocked to prevent unauthorized use; a code compliant means must be found to secure the doors in question.
Basically, the law states that a person – employee, customer or the thief that just ripped off some merchandise – must be able to exit the premises quickly, easily and with “no prior knowledge” of how the door hardware operates. Which means: you have to install “panic hardware” that will allow “one motion egress” in the event of an emergency.
The drawback to standard panic hardware is that anyone can, at any time, exit your premises without your knowledge. To combat unauthorized egress, various manufacturers have developed alarmed exit devices that sound a loud, piercing, high-decibel horn when someone pushes on the bar. Code approved delayed exit hardware is also available. When an individual pushes on the bar, the alarm sounds but the device does not release for fifteen seconds. Which gives you a chance to respond to the security breach.
Although Life Safety Codes and solid door security can seem to be at odds with each other, there are ways to secure any door and stay within the mandates of your local code requirements. We have the experience to help you find a workable solution to your door security needs that will not land you on the wrong side of the local fire marshal.
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