Nov 06 2017

Round Door Knobs

Category: Doors,Hardware,Questions and AnswersBKeyes @ 12:00 am

Q: Our hospital has round door knobs to latch cross corridor smoke doors. I am thinking this is not okay. Does the Life Safety Code address this?

A: Other than section of the 2012 LSC that requires panic hardware on egress doors (or fire-exit hardware on fire rated doors) in Assembly occupancies (or mixed occupancies that include Assembly occupancy areas) that serve 100 or more persons, there is nothing in the Life Safety Code or NFPA 80 that prevents the use of round door knobs on doors that you describe.

However, round door knobs could present a safety risk for ligature if they were located in an area where behavioral health patients are located. This risk would have to be addressed in a risk assessment and mitigation activities implemented. But the LSC does not prohibit them.