How to Lockdown Your Campus Doors in Seconds

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How to Lockdown Your Campus Doors in Seconds

Sometimes it doesn’t take complicated technology to protect yourself in a school lockdown situation. As a school administrator, it’s your responsibility to make sure your students and staff are safe and sometimes it can seem like spending money on the most high-tech solutions is the best way to go. Unfortunately, your school’s budget may not allow that.

While surveillance systems and apps and alerts and monitoring programs can all help prevent lockdowns and deter active shooters, when the moment actually comes, barricading yourself and the students you are responsible for against danger is the most important thing. And with the Nightlock Classroom Door Barricade, you don’t have to break the budget to stay safe.

Affordability is only one of the perks to having the Nightlock Door Barricade in your school.

Lock the Door from Inside — You can slip Nightlock Lockdown into place from inside your classroom and avoid exposing yourself and everyone in the room.

Fast and Easy — The old staple for barricading a classroom door used to be pushing all the furniture in the classroom against the door. This method though can take a lot of time, isn’t always reliable and can also get students riled up and induce panic. The Nightlock Barricade takes seconds to slip into place and uses the strength of the floor to keep the door from being pushed open for kicked in.

Eliminate Weaknesses — Many classroom doors have windows, these windows are breakable and allow intruders to break them, reach in, and unlock the classroom door. Nightlock is an extra step of protection against this weak spot. Once in place, it keeps the door locked and cannot be reached since it connects on the floor.

Versatile — The Nightlock Door Barricade can be used on any door, no matter the facility, making it perfect for buildings with multiple break-off rooms including schools, daycares and college dorms.

Affordable — Unlike expensive technology, the Nightlock door brace is affordable enough to have on every door.

Place the Barricade’s locking mechanism by the door or near a teacher’s desk for the easiest access and keep your classroom protected even in the scariest situations.

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8 responses to “How to Lockdown Your Campus Doors in Seconds”

  1. Unfortunately, this product does not meet life safety and fire code requirements and ADA requirements. There are a number of products that can be used for lockdown that also meet the free egress code requirements of all the code codes. This product creates a barrier at the bottom of the door for that will prevent a wheelchair from exiting. It is unfortunate that there isn’t someone on your staff that is educated on code requirements to know not to advertise products that create a code violation for a classroom, and can endanger life safety.

    • steven marsille says:

      We are a small US school with about 20 interior doors to protect. We are looking for a low cost device (<$100 per door) that will help harden the door, similar to the Nightlock or the Bearacade, but that is life safety and code compliant. Can you make any suggestions please?
      Steve M

  2. Gary Vernon says:

    ADA 404.2.5 Thresholds
    Thresholds, if provided at doorways, shall be ½ inch (13 mm) high maximum.
    This mechanism does not appear to be over 1/2 inch, in fact it appears much less.

  3. Kurt R Thomas, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C says:

    Within its own magazine.

    There are many other resources/articles as well that can further explain how 95% of these aftermarket “solutions” are worthless. With less than 20 doors buy the proper intruder lockset door hardware.

  4. George Hunter says:

    Products such as this one, as stated already above, do not meet mandated life/safety/fire code requirements. Hopefully no District is negatively impacted if they purchase these without acquainting themselves with code sections.

  5. Jim Elliot says:

    I have been researching various lockdown devices for a religious institution’s school. These type of devices like NIGHTLOCK will definitely prevent or delay entry into the protected room. The issue of ADA requirements comes into play as far as providing access for persons with disabilities. Additionally, you must comply with the National Fire Protection Associations Rules as well particularly section 1010.1.4.4 which allows locking devices that are designed to keep intruders from entering a room if 3 conditions are met: The door shall be capable of being unlocked from outside the room with a key or other approved means; The door shall be openable from within the room in accordance with Section 1010.1.9. (usually meaning the door has to be able to be opened/closed with one action) and modifications shall not be made to listed panic hardware, fire door hardware or door closers. Therefore these devices which are placed into the floor and attached to the door will not be allowed under this code as they would prevent entry from outside the room including BY FIRST RESPONDERS. My suggestion is that before any purchase of lockdown devices are planned, the local fire inspection authority should be consulted as well as, a building code professional. The intent of the bolt to the floor devices is admirable but new codes have been established that pretty much eliminates their use.

  6. Joe Taylor says:

    Hi Jim, This particular Nightlock Lockdown devise can be unlocked from the outside of the room.
    NFPA has amended the one releasing action to two for classrooms.
    Religious institutions are exempt from ADA physical hardware requirements, not to mention the
    Direct Threat exception that exists when following an ADA requirement puts others at risk.
    And depending on the state that a facility is in, there may be legislation to allow such devises
    signed into law.
    And your authority having jurisdiction is most likely to approve their use, as these devices are used in
    over 3000 schools, court houses, government, municiple, and commercial biuldings nationwide.

  7. Joe Taylor says:

    Brian, you work for ALLEGION.
    Nightlock provides a cost effective solution, and is used in over 3000 schools and universities nationwide,
    not to mention court houses, government facilities, commercial and well everywhere.
    Nightlock was denied a space at the DHI Conextions show in Cleveland this year, and even membership in the association. Nightlock apparently is disrupting the entire industry.

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