ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals
ECN Shout Chat
Top Posters(30 Days)
Potseal 11
Recent Posts
600 KW 120/208 3 Phase Y protection
by Yooperup. 07/24/17 12:20 PM
1913 American Electrician's Handbook
by gfretwell. 07/20/17 01:08 PM
Green House wiring
by ghost307. 07/20/17 09:10 AM
Permit Snafus...AHJs and Contractors Jump in
by HotLine1. 07/18/17 08:06 PM
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
Popular Topics(Views)
239,354 Are you busy
174,813 Re: Forum
167,198 Need opinion
Who's Online Now
0 registered members (), 59 guests, and 6 spiders.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Rate This Thread
#154156 - 06/15/04 10:34 AM Mag locks and release  
Ron  Offline
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 582
White Plains, NY
Intuitively I require a positive means of electrical disconnect on the secured side of a door that has a magnetic lock. So on each door (on the inside secured side), there is a motion detector and push button wired to provide automatic and manual release of the mag lock.
Is the manual release required by code?


Building Codes & Related References

#154157 - 06/15/04 11:13 AM Re: Mag locks and release  
Ron  Offline
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 582
White Plains, NY
I should also clarify that this is a door exiting a electrical room within the building.
I have found 1008. pertaining to entrance doors, but that wouldn't apply to an electrical closet.


#154158 - 06/16/04 01:16 PM Re: Mag locks and release  
Ryan_J  Offline
Joined: Aug 2003
Posts: 1,374
West Jordan, Utah, USA
Hi Ron. Remember that as defined, anywhere in the building is considered to be a means of egress, so all doors apply to your stated code provision.

Notice also a huge change in the 2003 edition of the IBC that is found in the last sentance of the first paragraph of 1008.1, which further validates the requirement by saying that if though the door isn't required (for egress width), it still must comply with the requirements of section 1008.
[Linked Image]

Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

#154159 - 06/16/04 01:49 PM Re: Mag locks and release  
Ron  Offline
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 582
White Plains, NY
I thought it wouldn't apply since it says entrance doors which is not defined in the IBC/IFC. I considered an entrance door as the exterior entrance door or entrance to a tenant space, not an electrical room.


#154160 - 06/19/04 07:14 PM Re: Mag locks and release  
e57  Offline
Joined: May 2003
Posts: 2,876
Spotted this, and remembered reading some commentary for the 2002 NEC. 110.26 C 2 (If it applies to your situation... If so it would have to be of the panic touch bar type.)'99 doesn't have it.

"For the 2002 Code, a new requirement provides for the installation of panic or push-type hardware on personnel door(s) used for egress from electrical rooms containing large electrical equipment (such as switchboards, panelboards, and the like that are over 6 ft wide and rated 1200 amperes or more).
This new requirement affords safety for workers exposed to energized conductors by allowing an injured worker to safely and quickly exit an electrical room without having to turn knobs or pull doors open."

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason

Member Spotlight
Posts: 421
Joined: September 2005
Show All Member Profiles 

2017 Master Electrician Exam Preparation Combos
2017 NEC Electrician
Exam Prep Combos:
Master / Journeyman


Shout Box
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.6.0
Page Time: 0.011s Queries: 14 (0.003s) Memory: 0.7694 MB (Peak: 0.9091 MB) Zlib enabled. Server Time: 2017-07-26 22:36:47 UTC