Ask the Expert (Access Control)
What Should a School Consider Before Purchasing Classroom Barricade Devices, Also Known As Temporary Door Locking Devices?
- By Lori Greene
- September 1st, 2016
Classroom barricade devices, which
are added to existing classroom door openings,
are not compliant with the model fire
codes and building codes used in most states.
These codes, designed to ensure the safety
of building occupants, require door hardware
that allows free egress, meets the accessibility
standards, and does not negatively
impact fire protection. In order for other
locking methods to be allowable by code, the
devices must be approved by the Authority
Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), or the code must
be modified. Even if a local code change
is made, some devices may not meet the
federal requirements of the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA).
An additional concern is the potential
for an unauthorized person to install the
barricade device and secure the classroom in
order to commit a crime. Once in place, many
devices currently on the market restrict all
access from the outside, preventing a school
staff member or emergency responder from
entering the room to help. School districts
are advised to check with legal counsel in
order to understand any liability issues that
This article originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of School Planning & Management.
Lori Greene, DAHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI, FDHI is the manager of Codes & Resources with Allegion.