How do I know when I need to use a panic exit device instead of a lever handle?The general guide is that if more than 100 people access the room, a panic exit device will likely be needed, although the BCA does provide for some exemptions. Can I use a panic exit device instead of a lever handle?Yes. Are all doors with panic exit devices fire doors?Not necessarily, the requirements are from different parts of the BCA. 9000 series Can the panic exit bar be matched to my existing door hardware for external access?Yes, the 9500 series is matched to a mortice lock, which can use external 1800 & 2800 series door furniture to match with existing commercial hardware. 5000 series The cross bar on my 5000 series push bar is being damaged by rough use.The 9000 series are far more resistant to abuse, as the touch bar is fully supported across the door.