Watching this news report (embedded below) brought a little tear to my eye. FINALLY, someone in the media is talking about both sides of the equation – safety AND security. Kudos to the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office for upholding the code requirements that help to ensure life safety.
From the Tennessee SFMO’s documentation on school safety inspections:
“For the safety of the school’s occupants, unapproved security devices should not be added to classroom doors. Manually operated flush or surface bolts are not permitted. Only one motion is allowed to open the door, such as turning the door handle. There are many products available on the Internet that are not code compliant. These include devices that slide under doors, lock door closer arms, prevent doors from latching, and surface bolts that slide into the floor or wall.”
Video: WJHL News Channel 11