Not All Cubicle Locks are Created Equally
Once a lock has been activated it is all that separates the user from the outside world. This blog discusses the different types of locks available and gives more knowledge of these variations...
On the shoulders of a cubicle lock rests untold responsibility.
Once the bolt has secured, the door (and the lock holding it in place) is all that separates the user from the outside world. This modest component is the keeper of privacy, the guardian of a safe exit. The correct lock can change the user experience for the better - it is not to be underestimated.
But which is the correct lock for you? Is it something like the Easy Grip Toilet Cubicle Door Lock? Or should you be looking at an Indicator bolt with lever turn? Maybe you need the RADAR DIsabled lockset? Of course, we are always on hand to help you find exactly the right product for you, but have you ever considered the effect an incorrect lock might have?
Been trapped in a toilet cubicle? User Error, lock failure, whatever the reason - it isn’t much fun, it’s never ideal, and it’s not how you want a customer to remember your washrooms. Many cubicle locks, such as the Oval Turn Indicator Bolt, have a "Quick Release" mechanism allowing the door to be opened, freeing the unwilling prisoner with the turn of a coin. A suitable fixture for most environments, the quick release is particularly beneficial in areas for small children or the less able.
Most will avoid a locked cubicle. But Secondary schools are an example of where this does not always apply; students are known to unlock cubicles whilst in use. Here the quick release mechanism might be taken advantage of. In places where bandits may burst into a cubicle at any moment, we recommend using our Lock and Master Key system - preventing anyone without the key from entering - safeguarding the user, and the provider of the facility.
A lock like the RADAR uses a specific key designed to give the Less Able universal access to all locks of this type. With the scheme widely recognised, it is particularly useful for sites where the users of the Accessible bathroom are infrequent.
Your lock needs to be fit for purpose: The material correct, the grip suitable. On top of these vital details - it needs to be safe. With regular upkeep and maintenance, broken locks can be kept to a minimum, but cannot always be prevented - It is best to have a fail-safe in place to protect the end user in case of imprisonment.
Still not sure? This is where we come in.
Please call us on 01202 650900, or simply E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org where we will be happy to help.