In the world we live in today, parents send their kids to school and are worried that their children aren’t safe while they spend their time there. This seems like such an injustice. Parents should be able to send their kids to school with all the confidence in the world that their child will be safe while they are there. There are many different types of locks used in schools to make them as secure as possible. First Lock & Security Technologies is here to talk about some of the different types of lock functions that are used in school settings.
Classroom Door Lock Function
This is probably the most common lock function traditionally found in classrooms. With this function, teachers or staff will, from the outside of the door unlock the door handle by key in the morning and subsequently use the key to lock the door at the end of the day. This does pose a risk if there were an emergency because teachers or staff have to leave the classroom and lock the door from the outside which puts them at risk. Regardless of the condition of the outside handle, the inside handle is always free for egress.
*Classroom lock function specifications • Outside lever locked and unlocked by key. • Inside lever always free for immediate egress.
Classroom Security Door Lock Function
With this function, the outside handle of the door can be locked by key from the inside. The benefit is the fact that the teacher doesn’t have to leave the room to lock the door. Regardless of the condition of the outside handle, the inside handle is always free for egress.
*Classroom security lock function specification • Key in either lever locks or unlocks outside lever. • Inside lever always free for immediate egress.
Office Door Lock Function
The office function is a lock that the outside handle can be locked and unlocked using a turn button on the inside of the door. This is a good choice for emergency situations as anybody can turn the lock and remain safe inside the room no matter who is in there. It does create problems when students know they can lock the door so easily from the inside. Regardless of the condition of the outside handle, the inside handle is always free for egress.
*Entrance/office lock function specifications • Push-button locking. • Push-button locks outside lever until it is unlocked with key or by turning inside lever. • Inside lever always free for immediate egress.
Classroom Security Intruder Door Lock Function
This is much like the classroom security function mentioned above, but the difference comes with a deadbolt for added security. This is a great choice for emergency situations because the teacher can use the key to lock the outside door handle as well as a deadbolt for increased security to ensure all those inside are safe. The lock can also be activated from the outside with a key however, only a teacher or staff member with a key would be able to secure the classroom, so that’s something to consider as well. Regardless of the condition of the outside handle and or deadbolt, the inside handle is always free for egress.
*Classroom security lock with deadbolt function specification • Latchbolt retracted by lever/ knob from either side • Deadbolt actuated by either key • Throwing deadbolt locks outside lever/knob • Actuating inside lever/knob retracts both deadbolt and latchbolt and unlocks outside lever • Inside lever always free for immediate egress
Storeroom Lock Function
This function ensures that the outside door handle remains locked anytime the door is shut. A key will retract the latch, opening the door, but the handle will remain locked. This may be a good option for rooms in the school that have harmful chemicals in them like janitorial closets. This would mean that people with access to the room will have to have their key on their person at all times. The inside handle is always free for egress so no one can be trapped inside.
*Storeroom lock function specification • Outside lever is fixed. • Entrance by key only. • Inside lever always free for immediate egress.
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