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. Classroom barricade devices have emerged over the years in response to fears that inadequate security may leave classrooms vulnerable or that traditional security is too costly. The devices are typically designed to be installed on classroom doors during a lockdown, in addition to the existing hardware. While barricading the door with a device of this type may seem to address the immediate need for security, one should consider the safety concerns associated with this practice. The potential for unauthorized use of a barricade device to secure a classroom and commit a crime is also a concern.