DIN EN 179 for Emergency Exit DevicesEuropean standard EN 179 for emergency exit devices has been in force since June 2002 and was revised in 2008. It defines the requirements and testing procedures, and provides firm recommendations for their application.
Area of application
For doors in escape routes where emergency situations can arise. The people in the building are familiar with the exits and their hardware (i.e. in office buildings not used by the public at large).
An emergency situation is when a life-threatening situation arises for one or more persons yet is not necessarily a cause for panic. A typical scenario is a fire in an office where the office-staff are familiar with the escape route and where evacuation can occur in a controlled way.
Door handles or pull handles/push pads which have been developed for emergency situations (see drawings below).
Important features of hardware
Important features of fire-resistant hardware for emergency exits to DIN EN 179:
Dimensional requirements for a handle to DIN EN 179 (dimensions in mm):
The hardware and lock must always be tested and certified together. It is absolutely essential to adhere to national regulations.