Safety Experts and Classroom Barricade Devices

Columbus, OH 

A nationwide push allowing schools to buy portable barricade devices they can set up if an active shooter enters their building has school security and fire experts questioning whether they’re really safe. ALICE, a national security training organization based in northeastern Ohio, recommends barricading classroom doors with desks and tables from the inside in case of an active shooter. The group won’t endorse specific door devices out of concerns some may violate fire codes, better products may emerge in the future and schools may be over reliant on the device alone. “This is analogous to buying fire extinguishers for your building but not training the building occupants how to respond during a fire,” according to the organization. Read more

September 23rd, 2015|
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