Frequently Asked Questions

Your questions answered

Are classroom door barricades safe to use in schools?

Many of these devices are not code-compliant, particularly when layered over existing hardware.  These devices can actually prohibit egress and endanger the life safety of the school’s occupants in the event of an emergency.

How do I know if code compliant locks are installed in my school?

The National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) has issued a set of guidelines that address door security devices, but locking mechanisms should be able to: open easily in one motion, without requiring tight grasping, pinching or twisting of the wrist; lock from the inside of the room  without requiring the classroom door to be opened; and unlocked from outside of the classroom with a key, card, fob or fingerprint.

Where can I get help assessing the door security and safety needs of my school?

There are thousands of door security and safety professionals across the U.S. and Canada that can assess all of the doors, hardware and paths of egress in your facility to be sure they are code compliant and help you with any remediation you may need. Click here to find a door security and safety professional in your area to help you evaluate your facility.