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  • Common Types of Commercial Locks

    Posted on February 10th, 2021 0 Comments

    Commercial door lock installation and repair are some of the main services that we, the expert locksmith team here at SOS Locksmith, specialize in. Every properly run commercial entity takes care to maintain high quality locks at their property that offer proper protection and security. In this blog entry, the commercial lock installation experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail the main types of commercial locks that we commonly work with today.

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  • Advantages of Commercial Mobile Access Control

    Posted on February 10th, 2021 0 Comments

    Mobile access control systems can be a major boon to commercial properties. The advanced technology offers premiere levels of controllable security and access control convenience, bolstering the operation of your business and enforcing the safety of your employees and inventory. In this blog post, the locksmith experts here at Chicago Locksmith will detail the advantages of mobile access control systems at your commercial property.

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  • Security Tips for your Chicago Business

    Posted on December 14th, 2020 0 Comments

    There’s a few important variables to improving the security at your Chicago commercial property that remain distinct from the steps to protect homes. In this informative blog post, the commercial security and lock hardware experts here at Chicago Locksmiths will detail some fantastic workplace security steps to help bolster the security at your Illinois office property.

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  • 3 Fixes to Common Front Door Issues

    Posted on September 28th, 2019 0 Comments

    First impressions definitely matter as it relates to the appearance of your home. Any issues with your front door will surely be noticed by visitors to your home – or even passersby. If the front door isn’t functioning well or looking food, you may even have structural issues that extend far beyond cosmetic appearances. The good news, is that the majority of front door issues that affect homes can be easily remedied. Here’s some of the most common fixes for front door issues that may affect your home as prepared by the locksmith experts here at Chicago Locksmiths.

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  • Office Lockout Tips

    Posted on April 28th, 2019 0 Comments

    Getting locked out of your office is not just frustrating, it can also throw a major wrench in the practical operation of your business, and even pose security risks in the event of a fire or criminal activity occurring in your business while you are locked out of. Here’s a guide on what to do if you get locked outside of your office, as prepared by the 24/7 lockout service experts here at Chicago Locksmiths.

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  • Digital Commercial Safes

    Posted on September 28th, 2018 0 Comments

    If you use commercial safes at your Chicago business, you may be considering upgrading them to digital models. This consideration can be chalked up to many factors, from a reassessment of security protocol following a break-in, to commercial expansion. Here’s some quick tips about digital commercial safes that you should know before purchasing one, as prepared by the commercial security experts at Chicago Locksmiths.

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  • Why it’s Best to Hire a Certified Locksmith

    Posted on June 29th, 2018 0 Comments

    It’s always a good idea to hire a certified locksmith to carry out all of your lock installation, lock repair, and lock maintenance needs. Not only are amateur attempts much more time consuming and less effective than professional service, but they can affect the safety and security of your household and business. Here’s a guide to why it’s best to hire a certified locksmith, as prepared by the lock and security experts at Chicago Locksmiths.

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  • Post Burgalry Office Security

    Posted on April 23rd, 2018 0 Comments

    When an office suffers a break in or burglary, business owners have to deal with the ramifications. Besides dealing with potential property loss, one of the important measures that have to be taken after an office break in is reinforcement of office security plans in order to correct the vulnerabilities that allowed for the break in in the first place, as well as other security layer strengthening in order to minimize the potential for future break ins. In this blog post, the commercial security experts at Chicago Locksmiths will detail the steps that have to be taken in a commercial setting after a break in.

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  • Mailbox Locks

    Posted on December 18th, 2017 0 Comments

    Mailbox burglary is more common than publically estimated – and it can be quite serious, as if valuable information is stolen from your mail, you can experience identity theft and a whole slew of stressful theft related situations. Here’s a guide to the important facts that you absolutely need to know before you install a lock on your mailbox – or ask a licensed  commercial locksmith expert at Chicago Locksmiths to help you do so.

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  • Building Exit Devices

    Posted on January 4th, 2017 0 Comments

    In order for commercial buildings to stick to official fire prevention and building codes, it’s essential that you have proper exit devices in place in order to keep all building occupants safe.

    These rules change based on how many occupants are inside the building. Door exit devices are usually installed on the side of the door that swings out to open, in order to prevent any sort of unauthorized access while allowing for full free egress.

     

    These systems were first implemented  in the USA after a slew of deadly building fires, notably the terrible Uroquois theatre fire of 1903. Exit devices were made to open outwardly, to accommodate the rapid flow of people who may be rushing to leave a building.

     

    Correctly Installed Exit Devices

    There’s 3 commonly used varieties of exit devices that get used today: mortise lock exit devices, vertical rod exit devices, and rim lock exit devices. Rim locks are the most commonly used variety, and are named after the rim lock latches commonly sold in the early 1900s in the East Coast and in the Midwest. These locks get mounted on top of the secured area of the door frame, and have a latch that is positioned over the surface strike.

     

    Mortise lock exit devices are made of a mortise lock sans deadbolt, which are usually attached within the door’s pocket. As the push bars get pushed in, the tail shaft (otherwise known as a spindle) turns which releases the latch bolt and lets the door open.

     

    Bolt type exit devices are fairly new mechanisms; when they are locked, they cause the deadbolt latch to move to touch the strike, minimizing the space between the bolt and the strike.

     

    Panic bars

    All exit devices are either non fire rated (panic bars) or fire rated exits. Panic bars are made up of a door latching mechanism, and an activation mechanism that causes the door to unlatch, opening up in the direction of the egress opening whenever a force is placed on it. The panic latch has to have an unlatching force which is a maximum of 15 pounds, and it has to be able to get operated by any regular person, as opposed to someone with specialized training.

     

    Fire Rated Exit Bars

    These door latches can get fitted onto fire proof doors, and help provide a barrier for smoke or flames. These doors are self-closing and automatically latching, but they can’t ever get locked from opening to the outside while anybody is inside the building.

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