Current Newsletter: President’s Message – May 2019
By Adam Larsen
We have recently seen an unfortunate number of active shooter events occur in schools businesses, churches, and other facilities. No doubt most of you consider regularly how to prepare your facility and staff members for such an event. there have been several companies with well-meaning intentions that have developed devices to block doors from being opened, otherwise known as “door barricade devices.” These devices are usually not in compliance with building and life safety codes, and can often present more danger than protection. When a door barricade device is engaged, nobody can enter the room, even if they have a key. This can pose great risk to facilitate unintended consequences when incidents of bullying, harassment, or physical violence takes place. The question to consider is this: “Would a conventional lockset meet this need to secure the door while providing free egress?” The answer for most major lock manufacturers is YES. Read the article linked below for further discussion on this topic.