Many business owners feel the easiest way to keep the thugs at bay is to install a heavy-duty deadbolt, locking bar, slide bolt, chain and padlock on doors they feel are most vulnerable to attack. Although the new lock just might prevent a future burglary, it could also become a Man Trap which is totally Illegal and can bring the business owner a fine of up to $500,000.00 for the first offense and the unwanted attentions of the local fire marshal who can immediately shut down your business.
According to NFPA 101 - which are the minimum criteria that most jurisdictions use to base their Life Safety Codes on - putting a deadbolt, slide-bolt or other type of auxiliary - or secondary - locking device on the selected door would most likely be forbidden.
Therefore, if there is already an "approved " locking device on the door even though you may feel the approved lock is inadequate to do the job you want it to, putting another lock on the same door you may not only be in violation of your Federal Life Safety Codes ... but could net you an unwanted fine or even shut down your business!
Federal law requires
any person Including the Blind
be able to exit any
commercial building with
1 movement egress
law states that
any designated fire exit
any door that permits egress from the building.) Cannot
have any lock, chain, bolt or device that requires a key
or "any specialized knowledge" to operate - "even in the dark".
After all, what do you have to lose?
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