Printed from the blog of Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI
Allegion
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Jun 19 2018

School Superintendents Association Shares Information on Barricade Devices

It has been frustrating to see schools struggling to address their security needs and sometimes choosing security methods that could negatively impact other aspects of school safety.  There is so much information to share, but it was difficult to reach each school administrator – until the AASA publicized the safety considerations related to school security.

The School Superintendents Association (AASA), represents more than 13,000 local school system leaders throughout the United States.  The organization shares timely information with its members, and advocates on behalf of public education in Washington, DC.  AASA is currently informing their membership about concerns regarding the use of classroom barricade devices.

After recently publishing a guest blog post from the Secure Schools Alliance, the association is sharing an Alliance document which raises awareness of the issues related to life safety – egress and evacuation, fire protection, accessibility, and unauthorized lockdown.  This document is available for anyone to distribute, so feel free to share a link to this post with your colleagues, using the share/save buttons above.

The Alliance guest post on the AASA website is here.

The publication from the Secure Schools Alliance is here.

  

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Jun 18 2018

WWYD? Key-Operated Surface Bolt

Dan Allen of Sakahara Allen Architects sent me these photos, looking for a key-operated surface bolt at least 24 inches long.  I couldn’t think of one, so I’m asking for your help.

These doors are serving a church, and there are currently key-operated deadbolts at the bottom of each leaf.  The deadbolts are too low for the reverends to reach comfortably.  The International Building Code (IBC) and the California Building Code (CBC) allow key-operated locks on certain doors, one acceptable location being the main door or doors serving a place of religious worship.  (You can read more about these requirements in this Decoded article.)

So – the locks or surface bolts need to be key-operated, readily distinguishable as locked, mounted at a height that can be operated by the reverends, and fairly easy to install on the existing doors.

WWYD?


Jun 15 2018

FF: Don’t let the door hit ya…

While this may seem like a great idea at first glance – a wireless actuator mounted on the door to open the door automatically – this does not meet the recommended guidelines for actuator location.

When someone pushes the button, they then have to make sure they are out of the way so the door doesn’t hit them.  The actuator mounting guidelines are included in this Decoded article, but here’s the abbreviated version from the A156.19 standard:

Actuators should be…

• mounted within one to five feet from the door but not more than twelve feet
• accessible from the swing side when the door is open
• not in a location where the user would be in the path of the moving door
• mounted so the user can see the door when activating the switch
• an installation height of 34 inches minimum and 48 inches maximum above the floor

State and local codes may include additional requirements for actuators (some are covered in the Decoded article).

Thank you to Bruce Tinsley of Lanmor Services for the photo!


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