Escape and rescue routes

Escape and rescue route technology

There are many factors to consider when planning a new building. When it comes to the topic of doors and passageways, it is important to consider, for example, the means of escape in the event of hazards (emergency safety) and protection against unauthorized use of the doors (break-ins, theft → see burglar alarm systems).

Escape and rescue routes

Escape and rescue routes represent an extremely important aspect of security technology, after all, human lives are at stake here in an emergency. It is particularly important that the escape and emergency exit doors can be opened quickly and easily with a flick of the wrist and without outside help in order to avoid panic. All persons must be able to leave the room or building safely in an emergency. The escape and rescue routes must be specially marked to enable the fire brigade to carry out extinguishing and rescue measures and thus save lives.

In addition, it should be ensured that the escape and emergency exit doors protect the building from unauthorized access and criminal intent.

Panic door or emergency exit?

Escape door systems or emergency exit systems are the common terms for electrically controlled systems with panic or emergency exit functions. The distinction between panic exit and emergency exit lies in the requirements for the respective systems and the standards. The distinction between the two standards is based on the probability of a panic outbreak happening.

The standard DIN EN 179 regulates emergency exit closures to enable safe escape through an escape door with only a single operation of the emergency exit closure. These are intended for buildings that are not subject to public traffic and whose users know the escape doors.

The standard DIN EN 1125 standardizes panic exit devices with a horizontal operating bar in order to ensure safe escape through an escape door with very little effort and without the user's prior knowledge of how to operate the panic exit device. It is very important that escape doors can be opened easily by children or elderly people. Even when the door is under pressure, e.g. when people in the direction of escape push against it, safe escape must be ensured. Panic exit devices are therefore intended for public places where panic situations may occur.

Emergency exit devices are not suitable for panic doors. However, panic exit devices can be used for emergency exits.

Support with questions about escape route technology and rescue route technology

We can take over the consultation, planning, project management, installation and maintenance of the escape and rescue route system for you and find the solution prescribed by building law.

An escape and rescue route system is often integrated into the following security technology components:

-         Access control systems

-         Intruder alarm systems

-         Fire alarm systems

However, it can also be integrated into a master hazard management system.

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