Opening the Door to School Safety
This public relations campaign raises awareness with school administrators about the importance of safely securing classroom doors with code compliant methods and pointing to the experts who can assist them in balancing the life safety and security needs of their schools: door security and safety professionals. As the next step in our campaign, we have launched a new website to provide a home for our growing library of resources and information.
Please visit www.lockdontblock.org for additional details and resources, including a new recording of our roundtable webinar conversation with Safe and Sound Schools. We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues and your communities.
The increased number of school shootings has created a growing public concern for safety in schools. Numerous opinions have evolved for improving student safety from an active shooter situation. In addition, several temporary door locking devices, or door barricade devices, have been made available with the intention of providing protection for students while in the classroom.
Unfortunately, these products fall short of the code requirements1
and often lead to unintended consequences. It is critical that these devices are vetted through the formal code process to ensure that the proper balance of life safety and security is met. There are already solutions in place in most schools and experts who can help you confirm if your school safe and secure.
Please watch the video above, view our webinar discussion
with Safe and Sound Schools, and read our press release
to learn more.
1 “Barricade Device? Think Twice!” Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, FDAI, FDHI, CCPR. Doors + Hardware, May 2015
How Do I Know If My School Has Classroom Security Locks?
Check that the classroom door can be locked from the inside without opening the door, yet still allow egress from inside without having to unlock it. The door must be able to be unlocked from the outside as well. These are common door lock functions that are tested and certified to the highest standards of security and safety, and consistently meet required fire and building codes in schools and to date have been effective against active shooters. If you’re still uncertain, contact a door security and safety professional to help evaluate your facility.