There are two fundamentally different types of escape door:
- Emergency exits in accordance with DIN EN 179 with lever handles or push plates for escape route doors in rooms and buildings that are not public
- Panic doors in accordance with DIN EN 1125 with horizontal activation rods for escape route doors in buildings with public traffic
The difference between these two standards lays in the probability of a panic breaking out. This is considered likely when people who are not familiar with the building use it. For this reason, all public spaces (e.g. train stations, etc.) must apply the requirements for panic doors in accordance with DIN EN 1125.