Q: I heard in a webinar that under the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code, I can you have two releasing devices on doors. Is this true?
A: Yes, it is true, but only in very limited situations is it permitted. A new section (188.8.131.52.10.6) of the 2012 Life Safety Code allows two releasing operations to be permitted for existing hardware on a door serving an occupant load not exceeding three persons, provided the releasing mechanisms do not require simultaneous operations. This only applies to existing conditions, and does not allow you to install deadbolt locks on doors that only serve three people. Existing means the second releasing device (i.e. deadbolt lock) was on the door prior to July 5, 2016.