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Please follow! - Marking escape routes
When planning and equipping buildings, the focus is on people's security. Escape routes should be easy to find and follow, especially in panic situations. In the following we present four pieces of hardware from HEWI that serve as escape route markings in dangerous situations and are accessible.
1. Whether day or night - the panic bar marks the escape route
The furnishings and fittings of buildings should combine the components of design and function. This is also the case with the fittings. In particular, they should fit well in the hand, match the interior and open the doors. This is particularly essential in panic and dangerous situations. To this end, it must be possible to open the emergency exits without any great effort by means of a handle and without any prior knowledge on the part of the user by operating the panic lock. With the panic bar, HEWI offers a reliable and permanently functioning hardware solution. It can be operated intuitively with minimal effort and thus fulfils the requirements of DIN EN 1125 for panic locks. The doubled-up handle area made of coloured polyamide makes handling visualised and also tactilely graspable and follows the two-senses principle. By marking the optimal pressure point according to the two-senses principle, the panic bar fulfils the requirements of DIN 18040 for accessible building.
A glowing alternative is the glow panic bar. It shows the way out even in the dark. The glow panic bar works without a power supply thanks to special pigments that store ambient light and then glow. With their fluorescent elements, they increase safety and orientation on escape and rescue routes.
Precise installation is particularly easy due to the telescopic nature of the panic bar (710 - 1580 mm). This allows the panic bar to be easily adjusted to the desired mounting width.
2. Colourful signposts in the object - push handles generate attention
Push handles can be used at emergency exits where a panic situation is not to be expected because the people in the building know the exits (DIN EN 179). They are particularly recommended for heavy doors, as they can be opened effortlessly with one hand using the lever handle. Lever handles are not only suitable as emergency exit closures, they enable accessible operating comfort at variable gripping heights. They allow a flexible gripping height of 75 to 120 cm. The advantage of HEWI lever handles is that they are available in HEWI colours and therefore catch the eye directly with very striking colours (coral, apple green, orange). Exits are thus immediately noticeable and the marking of escape routes is directly perceived.
3. Palpable - handrails serve as escape route markings
Screwed continuously to the wall, ENTRO handrails show the way out and provide support and orientation in panic situations.
ENTRO, the subsidiary of HEWI Heinrich Wilke GmbH, offers modular solutions that impress with functionality, certified quality and a clear design language. The modular principle enables a wide range of variations through the combination of different surfaces and materials. ENTRO products can be combined with all HEWI systems and thus enable consistent, continuous furnishing of the property. For example, the handrails not only serve as identification for escape routes, but also protect the walls from abrasion and impact and provide support when walking. For blind people and people with visual impairments, signs with the location in Braille can be attached to the ends of the handrails. This way, they can always see where they are in the building without outside help and find escape routes better.
4. Double is better - symbols and fittings
Signage for the interior is available to match the fittings. They can be additionally attached to doors and indicate how to open the door by the terms "pull" and "push". They support the fittings that can be opened intuitively and additionally guarantee the opening of doors in panic situations.
Fittings as identification for escape routes
Fittings and door handles are used every day. We use them subconsciously and hardly notice them. In dangerous situations, however, they must be noticed. This is why HEWI has developed fittings that serve as identification for escape routes. Whether panic bar, lever handle, grab bar or symbol signs, they all increase safety in dangerous situations and are accessible at the same time.
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