16 Mar Securitech Makes Schools Safer with Unique One-Press Classroom Deadbolt
Maspeth, NY (March 12, 2015) – Securitech, the industry leader for innovative, purpose-driven locking devices, is making classroom security faster, easier and stronger with its QID™ (Quick Intruder Deadbolt) classroom lock, on display at the Annual National School Boards Association (NSBA) Conference and Trade Show on March 21-23 in Nashville, TN. Designed to exceed safe school government standards (FEMA-428/BIPS-07), the QID functions as a classroom function lock for everyday use but features the unique ability to instantly deadbolt a classroom door with the simple push of a single red button.
“Our new QID lock is designed for instant activation to secure a classroom with the strongest deadbolt protection,” said Mark Berger, President and Chief Product Officer, Securitech. “With a QID lock in place, teachers, students, staff and parents feel safer every day.”
The unique deadbolt locking mechanism in the QID is activated by simply pushing the red button. With one press, the person closest to the door can instantly activate both the deadbolt and the lever handle lock. A visual indicator lets the teacher know that the door is secured by the QID deadbolt and the outside lever is locked. It is the only solution that combines the locking lever handle with the deadbolt in a single action for the highest strength and security.
The Securitech QID lock is 100% code compliant and presents a number of advantages over other classroom locks. It combines the fast locking of both the exterior lever handle and a deadbolt with the single-action egress required for occupant safety. Just as important, the door is always able to be unlocked by key from the outside. This critically important outside key access enables First Responders or other authorized staff to enter the room quickly, if needed – something which other newly developed classroom door blocking products do not allow. Additionally, virtually no training is required to activate the QID lock.
Experts have made recommendations about how to increase the safety and security of our schools. Of these recommended actions, those regarding physical door locks are an immediate and effective solution and one of the simplest to implement. For example, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) includes specific recommendations for classroom door locks in its primer for safe school design (FEMA-428/BIPS-07/Jan 2012). Their first guidance on this topic states that doors should “have a simple locking mechanism, such as a button to push in, that cannot be locked to prevent egress from the classroom.” The Securitech QID locks are in full compliance with the DHS guidance.
Here is another expert guidance example: In the Final Report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, chartered by the Governor of Connecticut, the very first recommendation was to implement the School Safety Infrastructure Council (SSIC) standard requiring that all classrooms in K-12 schools have doors that can be locked from the inside by the classroom teacher or substitute. Of the recommendations in the report, this was not only the first, but also the only one with extra emphasis – stating: “The Commission cannot emphasize enough the importance of this recommendation. The testimony and other evidence presented to the Commission reveal that there has never been an event in which an active shooter breached a locked classroom door.” Securitech’s innovative QID classroom lock solution cost-effectively exceeds these standards with fast, one-press activation of both a deadbolt and lever handle lock.