Delayed Egress: The Safe Solution for Security, Loss Prevention & Patient Safety

The locksmith must determine the hierarchy of LAHJs for a particular situation, and to take the necessary steps to assure compliance.


Nursing homes, elder care facilities, dementia wards, retail loss prevention, child care centers, birthing/maternity wards.

Why are there so many different code requirements for delayed egress?

Basically there are three main code bodies (NFPA, BOCA and IBC) governing different areas, each agency dictates what the nuisance period is (0, 1, 2 or 3 seconds), how long the delay could be (15 or 30 seconds) and what type of reset mode is needed (Manual key switch or automatically after 30 second once the door is opened and re-closes via a door position switch

Do they overlap to the extent that one setting fits all?

No.

Does the LAHJ have the power to dictate how the delayed egress will be configured?

Yes they have the final say.

Is there a version which is suitable for any jurisdiction?

All Securitron delayed egress systems are field adjustable to meet all jurisdictions including Chicago (1/8” movement to initiate).

What are some of the issues associated with the specification of a delayed egress system?

Location, building occupant type, bypasses needed (entry, exit or both)

Can an iMXDa generate an output which can be used to trigger the unlocking of other DE or continually locked doors?

Because of the adjustable initiate gap selection, the iMXDa was initially a single door device (you would use two iMXDa units on double doors, each being self sufficient), after feedback from the field we have come up with a simple configuration to make two iMXDa units operate as one for double door requirements, this is an upcoming change and will be a new part number. The iEXDa has always been able to operate two units as one.

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