Blogger: Lori Greene, idighardware.com, August 5, 2015
Articles touting the value of classroom barricade devices without any mention of the related safety issues are legitimizing the use of these devices that are not compliant with the model codes. An article in this month’s Security Management magazine, a publication of ASIS International, covers the perceived security benefits of the devices used in the Mentor, Ohio school district. Although the local AHJ has approved the use of the devices, they do not comply with the current Ohio codes, the guidelines from the National Association of State Fire Marshals, or the recent report from the Ohio Board of Building Standards.
In late 2013, the Mentor County fire chief was approached by National School Control Systems, a company that produces barricades to protect classrooms or any area with a traditional interior door–such as gymnasiums, offices, and cafeterias–in the event of a lockdown. Representatives told the chief about the BEARACADE product and possible deployment in the community. The fire chief then brought BEARACADE to Miller. Click here to read the full article
- Security Industry Association (SIA) – Letters to Ohio Legislature
- Door Security and Safety Foundation (DSSF) – Classroom Safety
- ALOA Keynotes – A Call to Arms for All Locksmiths
- Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) – Code Change Proposals
- ALICE Training Institute – Barricade vs. Door Locking Device