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May 23 2018

WW: Security consultant recommendations violated fire codes

Category: Egress,Fire Doors,School Security,VideosLori @ 12:11 am Comments (7)
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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

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7 Responses to “WW: Security consultant recommendations violated fire codes”

  1. Marshall says:

    Every school district in America should see this!!!

    The Minnesota Fire Marshall has BANNED all barricade devices in schools and government buildings.

  2. Bill Cushman says:

    Hurray!!!

  3. Joel Niemi says:

    Well written and clear. Perhaps the next release could say “unapproved security devices MUST NOT be added to doors” – a little more emphatic, and broadens the scope to all doors.

  4. Mark Williams says:

    Hallelujah!! We should send to all the news stations in Ohio, Arkansas and Utah…. I intend to show this video at every safe schools program I host.
    Thanks.

  5. Mark Lineberger says:

    That could not have stated the issue more succinctly. Credit to the reporter and others who went on the record to say they want to do the right thing and recognize the importance of the life safety code requirements. There are way too many promoting expertise who do not look at all sides and make sure to be inclusive in their conversations…or have very good and noble intentions but create potentially unsafe situations.

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