There is a lot of history that goes with access panel doors, and in a primary sense, they’ve been around nearly since man existed. They began as simple blockades at the entrance of a cave or a set of guards. Over time they’ve progressed to the metal secured ones we see today.
If you’re not familiar with them, you may be wondering what the heck is an access panel door? What is its use? How do I select one if I need one?
When a person loses his sight, no one blames him for being able to only see shadows and not the sharp lines of whatever he is attempting to see.
Mental health patients have just as much of a vision problem as they have a mental health diagnosis. They see the world through tinted lenses.
To keep patients safe, hospitals and clinics rely on anti-ligature hardware. Someone struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts walks into a typical hospital room and sees dozens of dangerous items.
A person planning to commit suicide will look for any method available. They will scan a room and see potential tools for self-harm where someone else might see a bed frame, a mirror, or a doorknob.
Many suicide attempts take place in mental health or incarceration facilities. As we wrote in an earlier post, 50% of suicides by hanging involve a ligature point lower than the patient’s height. This makes doorknobs and handles a common spot to tie a rope.
A 2013 report at the US National Library of Medicin National Institute of Health reports that over 70 percent of the suicides that take place in psychiatry units in the United States occur by hanging.
Since the majority of suicides occur by hanging and the patients typically used doors and sheets as their tools, the report recommended removing the common anchor points and lanyards from the environment of care.
If you list the main causes of damage done to business properties, you’ll end up putting fire at the number one spot.
Even if you don’t end up losing your business in a fire, the damage done to your building could be catastrophic if the items in your building aren’t up to code. Having the right fire-rated access doors is one of the best places to start in protecting your business.
Here’s what you should be thinking about when shopping for fire-rated doors.