Schools should have the tools in place to manage the use of each door opening so that they can lock down on demand, as soon as an emergency arises – without compromising egress.

Recognizing the need for lockdown

  • If your door hardware requires an individual to step out of the room to lock the door, then your staff and students could be at risk.
  • Hardware with “unrestricted ability” to lock or unlock the door could allow anyone, including students, to take control of the opening.
  • Magnets or tape on the door to prevent latching violates model codes if the door is fire-rated.
  • If your school’s exterior doors do not automatically close, then they are not in a ready position for an emergency lockdown.
  • Hardware that is not permanently attached to the door, requiring teachers or staff to locate and attach the device during a lockdown emergency, can take critical time.
  • Door hardware that slows down entering or leaving a room during an emergency could unnecessarily place staff and students in harm’s way.
  • Current codes require classroom doors be able to unlock from the outside with a key, credential, or other approved means, for access by emergency responders.

Recommended lock functions for classroom security [infographic]

Allegion’s Classroom Security Brochure

Code compliant solutions

Schools should have the tools in place to successfully lockdown each opening as soon as an emergency arises—without compromising egress. Classroom barricade devices are retrofit security products that are designed to lock down a classroom in the event of an active shooter. They are often perceived as effective and inexpensive means to provide additional security. However, many of these products not only violate current life safety code requirements but could also result in increased risk and liability.

Fact Sheet on Classroom Barricade Devices

PASS Position Statement on Barricade Devices

NFPA 3000:  Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response Program

Ensuring Code Compliance

Intro to Door Hardware:  Options for Securing Classroom Doors [video]

Code Requirements for Classroom Security [video]

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