Panic Bars Information


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Touch panic bar                                     Cross bar exit device. Image Credit: Grainger


Panic Bars are door opening devices that span emergency exit doors on its interior. These devices can also be known as touch bars, crash bars or push bars. They are a spring-loaded metal bar fixed horizontally to the front of a door and when pressure is applied the latch opens the door.


Panic Bars are required by most building codes in high traffic areas to allow for quick exit in the event of an emergency.



There are two basic styles: touch bar and cross bar.

  • Touch bars are wide metal bars which, when pressure is applied, open the door.
  • Cross bars are cylindrical bars which, when pushed down, open the door.

They are available in various finishes such as stainless steel, brass, bronze, aluminum and painted to match the decor and function of the facilities in which they are located.