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How Anti-Ligature Locks Can Prevent Harm by Being the Best Institution & Detention Door Hardware Solution

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When purchasing commercial door hardware for psychiatric institutions, detention centers, and other buildings where the life safety of the detainee is the primary concern, anti-ligature locks are a must. Anti-ligature locks can be effective and safe, preventing people from using the lock to inflict harm on themselves. These locks are an essential piece of institution and detention center hardware.

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How Anti-Ligature Locks Can Prevent Harm by Being the Best Institution & Detention Door Hardware Solution

  1. 1. How Anti-Ligature Locks Can Prevent Harm by Being the Best Institution & Detention Door Hardware SolutionWhen purchasing commercial door hardware for psychiatric institutions, detention centers, and other buildings wherethe life safety of the detainee is the primary concern, anti-ligature locks are a must. Anti-ligature locks can be effectiveand safe, preventing people from using the lock to inflict harm on themselves. These locks are an essential piece ofinstitution and detention center hardware.What is Anti-Ligature?The word ligature refers to something that is used for tying or binding, such as a shoe lace or cord. When it comes toinstitutional door hardware and other places where the risk for self-injury is high, you need a door lock with the leastligature points as possible, preventing the detainee from being able to tie something to the lock and harm him or herselfusing the hardware. Anti-ligature locks are a strong preventative measure from the most common type of suicide withligature; asphyxiation. Standard door locks typically have notches or protrusions that allow somebody to attach cords orlines to the lockset, thus causing potential self-injury. Anti-ligature locks are the most effective way to prevent this andother potentially fatal actions.Anti-ligature Lock Safety and DesignWhen it comes to institutional or detention center hardware, the safety of both the staff and the detainee are veryimportant. Anti-ligature locks are carefully crafted to reduce and substantially eliminate any ligature points that mightresult in self-harm or worse, fatality. The knob and lever both have a cone shape or tapered type handle which is easyto grip, but very difficult to try and attach any laces, lines, or cords. The handle is also recessed into the rose, whichfurther reduces ligature points. These locks are designed to withstand high abuse by typically having a stainless steelconstruction, minimal internal parts, and locking mechanisms to prevent the handle from being removed and used as aweapon. Some locks even have a blocking plate to protect in cases where the handle might be removed and the internalcomponents used as ligature points or otherwise. When it comes to institutional facility doors and life safety, these locksare a great way to accomplish the safety and security necessary.Anti-Ligature Lock TypesAnti-ligature door locks are typically grade 1, heavy-duty, available in two main application types; cylindrical and mortisewith two handle styles; lever and knob. There are a multitude of functions to select from, such as, passage, bathroom,privacy, office, storeroom, and classroom, but many others are also available. The cylinder types most commonlyavailable are Schlage “C” standard keyed cylinders or Interchangeable core/cylinders to accept an interchangeable core.However, other keyways can be sometimes be matched if necessary. Anti-ligature locks are growing in popularity andquickly becoming the standard in psychiatric and detention settings. You can now find these ligature resistant locksreadily available from manufacturers such as, Marks, Townsteel, Sargent, Corbin Russwin, Stanley-Best, Schlage andothers.

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