Alice Training Institute
There is increased discussion relating to door locking devices and building codes. Learn more from Alice Training Institute about the difference between a barricading device and door locking device. Read more.
Codes expert and blog host of I Dig Hardware, Lori Greene, shares the May issue of Door Security + Safety magazine and reinforces the importance of this campaign and key resources available noting, “Life safety and security CAN coexist!”.
Door Security + Safety
The DHI Board of Governors would like everyone to have access to this important issue of Door Security + Safety to bring awareness to our industry’s expertise and code-compliant solutions for schools. The link to this issue is available to all. Please share this link with your colleagues, customers, and community.
Connecticut Department of Administrative Services, Office of the State Fire Marshal, sends a letter to local fire marshals about the code violations and ADA violations of barricade devices. Read letter here.
DHI and Door Security & Safety Foundation’s stance on STOP School Violence Act. Read full press release.
Education Talk Radio
Door Security & Safety Foundation CEO Jerry Heppes joined a panel of fire safety and school security experts on Education Talk Radio on Sept. 21 to discuss the dangers of classroom door barricade devices in schools. The panelists expressed opposition to these non-code compliant devices and the unexpected consequences associated with installing them. Listen to the program.
An important question on classroom barricade devices: do they run the unintentional risk of trapping students and teachers during emergency situations? The Door Security & Safety Foundation has created a short educational video to highlight the dangers of barricades and to explain how to safely secure classroom door openings. Read more
Wilson Building Solutions, LLC
Classroom barricade devices violate specific life-safety and fire code that door openings must comply with to ensure the safety of building occupants. Watch the Door Security & Safety Foundation’s educational video to discover why classroom barricade devices are not the answer. Read more
The School Superintendents Association, National Association of State Fire Marshals and ASIS International are collaborating with the Door Security & Safety Foundation to stress the importance of securing classroom doors without compromising life safety. Read more
Door Security & Safety Foundation
The Opening the Door to School Safety Campaign is designed to highlight the dangers of door barricade devices in schools and to provide assistance in better understanding secure and safe classroom door openings. Read more
American Security Today
The Security Industry Association opposes the use of classroom door barricade devices. As a way to protect against active shooters, these devices prevent all entry into a classroom when deployed. However, there are unintended consequences associated with the devices. Watch the Door Security & Safety Foundation’s short video to understand the risks associated with classroom door barricades. Read more
Doors & Hardware
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering collaborated with the Joint Commission’s Hospital Accreditation Program, Underwriters Laboratory, and the Firestop Contractors International Association to develop the Barrier Management Symposiums. The purpose was to discuss the design, installation, inspection, and maintenance of barrier systems. Read more
Door Security and Safety Foundation
The Door Security & Safety Foundation believes that barricade devices used on doors compromise life safety and should not be approved by any jurisdiction. They have provided numerous resources for use by the Ohio Board of building Standards while they consider whether to allow barricade devices in Ohio schools. Read more
A consequence of tragic school shootings is the need to prevent unauthorized ingress through a classroom door. Learn about specially designed hardware for classrooms that can lock from both the inside and outside of the door. Read more
Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2018
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The FBI has designated 27 shootings in 2018 as active shooter incidents. The FBI defines an active shooter as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area. Learn more about active shooter incidents in the United States in 2018. Read the report here.
Classroom Safety Barricades: Safety Measure or a Dangerous Violation of the Law?
Recent good-faith attempts by many educational institutions to improve safety measures for students, teachers, and administrators instead put many of these educational institutions in the position of potentially violating federal, state, and/or local law. Read full article here.
Campus Safety Takes Stand Against Non-Code-Compliant Door Barricades. ASIS, PASS, DSSF & DHI Applaud CS Policy Change. Read article here .
Domestic Preparedness Journal
Door Security & Safety Foundation CEO, Jerry Heppes, comments on the importance of prioritizing the balance of life safety and security in an article published by the Domestic Preparedness Journal. Read full article here.
Granting that everyone involved in this issue has the same goal — keeping children safe — the end result for local school districts can be confusion about which products comply with the law, are cost-effective and, above all, actually make students safer. Read more.
The Security Industry Association and the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools came out in support of Door Security & Safety Foundation’s campaign to warn about classroom door barricade devices. The organizations stress that these intended safety measures can cause more harm than they prevent. Read more
GSN: Government Security News
The Security Industry Association is in support of an effort launched by the Door Security & Safety Foundation against the use of classroom door barricade devices. According to the groups, the devices can cause more harm than they prevent. Read more
In response to horrific recent school shooting tragedies, some school districts feel the urge to enhance the security of classroom doors with classroom door barricade devices. Many of these systems can result in increased risks and liability and can violate current code requirements. Pages 68-74. Read more
Classroom barricade devices can cause more harm than they prevent. The Security Industry Association is in support of the effort launched by the Door Security & Safety Foundation to educate and inform school administrators about the risks. Read more
Doors & Hardware
Lt. Joe Hendry, CLEE, discusses the debate between the usage of secondary locking systems and door barricade systems or traditional door locks, arguing that barricades do more to trap occupants than saving them. Read more
Doors & Hardware
Ohio legislature passed a bill authorizing use of barricade products after a school district was prevented from using them by the state fire marshal. Life safety falls into a difficult category where you can’t feel it until needed, making the jobs in the industry difficult as they attempt to provide solutions to prevent disaster. Read more
Ohio Board of Building Standards
The Ohio Board of Building Standards conducted an examination of Ohio’s current building and fire codes and considered whether they needed to be changed to address emerging threats to public safety, including the possibility of an active shooter in schools. Read more