Opening the Door to School Safety

The Door Security & Safety Foundation’s mission is to promote secure and safe openings that enhance life safety through awareness, education and advocacy. Through our work, we help stakeholders understand the code implications and complexity of products and applications.
We are the leading advocate for door security and safety professionals, who are experts in door openings and work to protect every building occupant in every situation, every day. They deliver proven and rigorously tested solutions to protect lives, while still creating safe and secure spaces. They ensure schools are safe havens so teachers and students can focus on teaching and learning.
We believe fire and building codes and standards should dictate all life safety and security. Door locks keep students, faculty and visitors safe and save lives. Non-code compliant retrofit products like barricade devices can create unintended consequences and increase risk and liability for schools.
In December 2016, we launched the “Opening the Door to School Safety” campaign to raise awareness and educate school administrators about the importance of safely securing classroom doors with code-compliant methods. Additionally, we have partnered with The School Superintendents Association, National Association of State Fire Marshals, Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association and Security Industry Association to share accurate information about door safety compliance in schools.

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We understand that safety isn’t just about closing the door; it’s also about opening the door. Security should never take priority over life safety. They must work hand in hand especially during an emergency situation. To learn more about the dangers of door barricade devices and to receive important news and announcements on this issue from the Door Security & Safety Foundation, please complete the form.

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