“How do you stop a break in?” As you continue searching for door barricade hardware, this question is one you have probably considered the most. While cameras and an alarm system can help alert your staff to existing threats and dangers, you also need a protective system that can prevent entry into your classrooms.
While there are many security options you can take to help protect your students and your campus in the event of a security breach, door barricades are among the top contenders. Here, we will give a brief rundown of the hardware options, which one we personally recommend, and what other steps you can take to keep your doors secure and your school safe.
Door Barricade Hardware: Your Two Options
Option 1: Security Bars and Door Jammers
A door security bar is a metal tube that is placed against the doorknob and rests on the floor. The bottom has a rubber stopper that will not skid or move on the floor when pushed. It is easily adjustable and can fit most door sizes. It is simple to set up, but it may not be the best option if you have carpeted flooring. Carpet can make it easier for an intruder to push the security bar aside.
Option 2: Deadbolt Locks
Deadbolt locks are one of the strongest options in door security. They have a unique locking device that cannot be forced back into the door, preventing unwanted entry with a simple turn of the lock. There are several options of deadbolts we at School Safety Solution recommend.
TeacherLock and TeacherLock II
The TeacherLock system is not only the fastest door barricade system on the market, but is also compliant will many international building codes in addition to the ADA and NFPA safety guidelines.
Cost effective, easy to install, and designed to be bullyproof, these systems are an ideal candidate for school safety. Only individuals with the activator can trigger the classroom door lock, deploying a durable bolting mechanism easily and within seconds. Even under duress, the easy-to-orient activator will lock classroom doors quickly, without the need for bending or kneeling.
The TeacherLock deadbolt system is also accessible from the outside for emergency personnel only, truly providing the best of both worlds in terms of security and safety.
The Safebolt was designed to be simple, fast, and effective for classroom safety. With one simple push of a button, teachers can properly secure their door, giving them more time to focus on sheltering or evacuating students.
Code compliant, the Safebolt installs directly over pre-existing cylindrical lever locks to provide even more security with a 1-inch heavy stainless-steel locking bolt.
Help Secure Your Door with School Safety Solutions
At School Safety Solution, our number one priority is ensuring the highest level of security and safety possible exists on your campus. Door barricade hardware is the easiest, most efficient way of doing so, but there are several other options you can also take if you really want to go the extra mile.
First, you can make sure all the doors in your buildings have a solid core, one which cannot be broken in the middle. Door barricade hardware does a great job of securing your door, but if the door itself breaks, there will little that your barricade system can do.
Another important component of door safety is a reinforced door frame. When doors are kicked down, it is usually the frame that fails. By reinforcing both sides of your door frames, you can make it nearly impossible for unwanted individuals to enter your school, or individual classrooms.
If you would like to discuss your door barricade hardware options, or any other security solution you are considering, we would love to assist you. You can call our team of safety experts at 888.733.0406 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.