A non-fire rated panic bar has what is known as a dog down feature. This allows the door to be put into an unlocked mode by depressing the device and retracting the latch. This is accomplished by inserting a special key (also known as a dog down key) and turning the key to secure the bar in an unlocked position. This allows the door to open by either pulling or pushing on the door without touching the panic bar. When the door needs to locked again, use the dog down key to release the bar and the door would then latch. When the bar is in this position, it would then be necessary to use a key on the outside of the door, or operate the bar on the inside.
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