If you don't already have handicapped accessible exit devices on your commercial doors, then it's time to talk to a professional about having them installed. If this doesn't seem like something you should rush into doing for your business, consider these reasons why it's probably something that you will want to do as soon as possible.
1. Comply With ADA Regulations and Requirements
First and foremost, it is critical to ensure that your business is compliant with all of the regulations and requirements that are related to the Americans With Disabilities Act. If you fail to do so, your business could face problems. Your business could be fined, or you might even have to shut your doors to customers until you can bring your business into compliance. In addition to making sure that you have enough handicapped parking spaces in your parking lot, that you have handicapped accessible facilities in your restroom and more, you should also make sure that there are ADA exit devices on your doors. Consult a professional if you are wondering what types of changes you should make to your doors -- and the rest of your business -- so that your building will be in compliance.
2. Make Sure Your Buiding is Welcoming for Everyone
You probably want to make sure that anyone who wants to visit your business feels welcome there. By installing ADA exit devices on your doors, then you can help make sure that those who use wheelchairs, walkers and more feel comfortable and welcome when visiting your place of business. Plus, you might find that these exit devices are actually very helpful for others, too, such as parents who are pushing strollers or who have their hands full with small children or those who might have a lot of shopping bags to deal with.
3. Help Keep People Safe
If something happens in your commercial building, such as if there is a fire or some other sort of emergency, it is probably very important to you to make sure that your customers can get to safety. If you have exit devices in place, it will make it that much easier for customers and employees to exit your building in the event of an emergency, so you can feel good in knowing that everyone is as safe as possible.
As you can see, ADA hardware is pretty much a necessity for your commercial doors. If you need help, contact a professional to find out more about this hardware and to get help with having this hardware installed.