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Comments on Does maglock need fire alarm release
June 24, 2023
Comments on Does maglock need fire alarm release from article on June 12, 2023
          With regards to Maglocks, aka "Special Locking" in code parlance. "Means of Egress", aka Exits, is a critical life safety component of the Building codes, Fire codes and the Reference Standards, i.e. NFPA-101, NFPA-72.  The International Building Code (IBC) contains no less than seven sections and or sub sections concerning the special locking of doors.  The starting point is a thorough understanding of IBC Chapter 10 Means of Egress. All designers and contractors need to do their due diligence on this topic, where locking is permitted, where it is not permitted and importantly how it is to be configured, for example fire alarm actuation release.  Keep in mind that not only is occupant evacuation affected but accessibility by firefighters and others access.
          Lots of moving parts so to speak; In summary if you're not sure about special locking, find out.
John Drucker, CET
ICC Certified
NJ Licensed Code Official
Building/Electrical/Fire Protection
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          Responding to Rocco and if fire alarm release is needed on mag locks. It's always been my policy to have the fire alarm release them. My advice to Rocco would be to get the requirements from local codes and then tell the customer how it needs to be done. If the customer doesn't agree let them find someone else to do the install.
Larry Dove
          You don’t want to be the alarm installer who locked occupants in a burning building.  Situations like that have resulted in criminal as well as civil consequences. 
          On a broader note, particularly with fire alarms be sure you are code compliant and if you’re not be very careful because blaming it on your customer may not be a winning strategy and it sure won’t make any friends at the Fire Marshall’s Office.
          The Fire All in One helps you in this regard because it places great emphasis on the fire alarm being code compliant as well as shifting the responsibility [or trying to] to the subscriber when it isn’t.

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