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Panic Device Trim Guide

Panic Devices can be installed with or without exterior trim. Trim can include keyed locks, pull plates, levers, and even handlesets. Trim is installed on the outside of the door, opposite of the panic device. In some cases, the door is a one way emergency exit so there is no exterior trim on the outside.

Types of Trim:


Pull Plates can come with or without a rim cylinder. When equipped with a rim cylinder, the key retracts the latch momentarily to allow entry. When the key is removed, the latch reengages and locks the door. Without a rim cylinder, the plate acts as a dummy pull trim and allows the door to be opened from the exterior as long as the panic device is dogged.


Levers are ADA Compliant and therefore the most ideally used on public doors. Levers are available in all the functions listed below. With keyed functions, the panic device always provides emergency egress from the interior but the functionality of the exterior trim is determined by the keyed function.


Knobs, like levers, are available in a wide array of functions. They are not usually ADA compliant and therefore not used as often. Make sure that your application does not require ADA compliance before you decide on a knob.


Handlesets are available in several different functions. Some handlesets come equipped with a cylinder and a thumb-press; if this is the case, then the key locks and unlocks the thumb-press. This means that the panic device always provides emergency egress from the interior, but if the handleset is locked, the thumb-press will not operate the panic device's latch and the door cannot be opened from the exterior.


Keypads have all the security of a keyed lever but require the use of a code instead of a physical key to provide access from the exterior. These are great where the use and distribution of keys could be cumbersome such as on employee entrances, dormitories, hospitals, and airports.


Plates are used to cover exterior bore holes.

Lock Functions:

  • Passage: Turning the lever from the exterior retracts the panic device latch and allows entry. A passage function does not lock and should only be used in applications where free egress from the exterior is desired, such as a door leading to another part of a building.
  • Keyed Classroom: A key unlocks an locks the lever from the exterior. When it is unlocked, turning the lever unlatches the exit device.
  • Keyed Storeroom: A key unlatches the exit device so you can open the door from the outside. The key does not permanently unlock the exterior and must be used each time for entry from the exterior.
  • Night Latch: Usually used on back entrances where you want the door to remain locked. A key retracts the latch momentarily to allow entry. When the key is removed, the latch reengages and locks the door.

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