IPVMU Certified | 01/08/15 09:40pm
BTW: I voted 'no'. As a former teenage troublemaker, I can tell you without reservation I would have used these things for all kinds of bad reasons in high school if given the chance.
There are still lots of punk students in schools, maybe more than ever...
Securitech (I'm not an employee) makes their Intruder lock designed for this application while taking life safety into consideration. If they sold a couple more T shirts they could have purchased something made for the job. Not one person involved in this had the brains to consult with somebody to see if this was allowed? Sorry but the chance of this device being used at the wrong time are far greater than it being used at the right time. Good effort though with the shirts. $30K is a lot of shirts!
According to FEMA, there were 4000 school building fires a year between 2009-2011. IF these locks significantly hamper fire safety, they pose a bigger threat than the shootings they're intended to stop. The fatality rate for schools fires is .4 a year, and 12 a year (if I remember correctly) for school shootings. It doesn't seem like it'd take much of an increase in fire danger to outweigh the benefit of this device. It's hard to speculate if these locks increase fire danger without testing them in a staged fire escape scenario.
Source: FEMA stats
I voted no. The reason why we have so few deaths and injuries is in large part due to building codes. Clearly, the gloves come off during an active shooter event and many (if not all) of these door blocking devices will probably work; but making exceptions to the code is a slippery slope. Most inspectors I have run into don’t want even a hint that folks cannot get out (remember the chain on school panic doors and the eyelets installed on the wall to which the chain is attached). Fire officials encourage training and policy, but they cannot rely on such measures in the long term.