From a university which will go unnamed.
Nov 25 2015
Nov 24 2015
A code-compliant fire door assembly will provide protection for building occupants during a fire by slowing the spread of smoke and flames. Unfortunately, many do not understand the value of fire doors or the criteria they must meet.
Jay Liptrot is a Wales landlord, and ironically – a firefighter, who failed to install a fire door assembly to protect an apartment where 2 adults and 3 children died in a tragic act of arson. Although he was originally charged with manslaughter, his charge was reduced and he was convicted and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
We must continue to increase awareness of this issue, and of the NFPA 80 requirements for the inspection of fire door assemblies upon installation, after maintenance work, and also annually (visit iDigHardware.com/firedoor for more information).
A firefighter who failed to take proper safety precautions to prevent the deaths of five members of the same family in an arson attack has been sentenced to 15 months behind bars.
Nov 23 2015
The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) has released a white paper detailing their position on classroom barricade devices. This position statement provides valuable information for any jurisdiction or school district considering the use of these devices to secure classroom doors.
PASS has also published guidelines to help identify a school’s security threats, along with recommendations for security layers that should be employed in order to mitigate risk and keep students and staff safe.
Both documents are available on the Toolkits page of passK12.org. Please share the link to help spread the word about the valuable resources provided by PASS.
Additional information about school security and safety can be found on the School Security page of iDigHardware.com.
School security is at the forefront of conversations around dinner tables, in administrator conferences, and at school board meetings.
As SIA and NSCA received questions from the educational community about what can be done to better secure our schools – and how these security projects can be funded – it became quickly evident that there were no easy answers. School budgets are tight, and funding is difficult to pull together for potential security threats that, statistically, have a very low probability of occurring.
The PASS story is one born out of concern and commitment for school safety. When a school system makes an investment in security, we want to help them make sure their money spent on the right solutions. The PASS guidelines:
- Define threats common to schools at each educational level
- Offer recommendations on parental and community involvement
- Detail a layered security approach that combats common threats and mitigates risks related to active shooters
- Provide information for integrators, school administrators, resource officers, and IT staff on technology-focused solutions like video surveillance, duress alarms, and electronic access control
- Deliver scalable/tiered measures that administrators can implement based on available resources and local risk levels
PASS also provides integrators with risk assessments and white papers that can be used when working with schools to evaluate and establish the best security protection for their building.
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