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Life Safety

All points made in this brief are superseded by the Local, State and National Electrical and Fire codes. All points made in this brief are superseded by any LAHJ Local Authorities Having Jurisdiction.


When designing an Access Control system, the first concern should always be Life Safety.

When securing a point, or multiple points, one must identify when securing the points interferes with egress in the event of an emergency. The Fire/Emergency Exit paths must be known to the customer and all parties responsible for designing and installing the Access Control solution.

Acceptable provisions must be made to release secured points considered part of the fire response/exit path in the event of a fire, other emergency, or equipment failure. This applies to unlocking doors, elevators, and possibly turnstiles or gates or any portal control mechanism.

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