As school districts across the country provide an effective level of security within budgetary constraints, dozens of new retrofit security devices are being marketed to enhance the safety and security of students and teachers. Although the price tag for some of these security methods may be attractive, there are also significant life-safety implications to consider.
Model codes include several requirements to ensure that doors serving a means of egress can be opened quickly and easily to allow building occupants to evacuate. Although most of these requirements have been in place for decades, they are sometimes overlooked based on the assumption that codes mandating free egress, fire protection, and accessibility for all should not apply during an active-assailant situation in a school.
Read about the seemingly helpful devices that may have contributed to the loss of life in previous school security incidents.