….when they have to break the door down to get you out!
If you’re providing services for your client, within your building, then here’s 10 points to help you avoid this awful customer situation...
- First the doors : Go for a good quality 44mm thick door, this will ensure that some really good ironmongery can be installed into it and thus produce an excellent end result.
- You may like to have an additional security deadlock or security bolt to lock off a w.c if it is in trouble for one reason or another.
- Use commercial lock cases. Tried and tested to BS-EN12209.2003 Gr3.
- Use quality bolt thru lever handles. Available in bronze over stainless for durability and with attractive warm look. BS-EN1906.2010 Gr3.
- Can doors be designed to open outwards? So if someone collapses inside the w.c cubicle they can still be easily evacuated.
- Use concealed in the head door closers. Particularly if doors open outward, or the area is tight for space, it will ensure doors close out of the way of person moving in the space and will control the action of doors in uncontrolled manner.
- Don’t forget the door stop and coat hook. Can be a combined fitting – but it needs to protect the wall from handles etc hitting and damaging the wall surface. If vandalism is high on your list you may have to user anti-tamper fixings.
- The image attached is from one of our prestigious projects showing signage – maybe not everyone’s design taste – but it’s really clear and it provides great wayfinding. A generous size internal turn makes it very easy for all to use and provides the user with positive knowledge that the door is engaged.
Important : make sure everything is professionally fitted to a good standard of workmanship. Ensure that that spindle has been securely installed and engages into both the external emergency release and the internal turn.
Finally when it has all been installed……Put w.c locks on your routine inspection check list. You never know if they have been tampered with or forced, thus damaging them and could suddenly let you or your client down.