Yesterday there was a lock down on the UCLA campus in the Engineering 4 building. With the use of social media word spread quickly and students definitely took the alert the school sent out seriously.
Several students posted photos on social media showing how they were barricading themselves in rooms including rooms where the doors had no locking devices. It is difficult to determine from the photos if the rooms are specifically classrooms or not.
@Jasonschechter states “doors open outward
and aren’t able to be locked.” Can’t tell from photo if
device is a passage function, classroom function
or if the lock wasn’t operational. If classroom function
the students were smart not to open the door to
lock from exterior side.
This latest situation will bring the debate on barricade devices back into the forefront.
BHMA has addressed the classroom locking issue and new wording will be published in the 2018 International Building Code (IBC), which will hopefully help educated those that feel barricade devices are the solution.
The new code will state:
1010.1.4.4 Locking arrangements in educational occupancies. In Group E and Group B education occupancies, egress doors from classrooms, offices and other occupied rooms shall be permitted to be provided with locking arrangements designed to keep intruders from entering the room where all the following 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.
- Modifications shall not be made to listed panic hardware, fire door hardware or door closers.
1010.1.4.1 Remote operation of locks. Remote operation of locks complying with Section 1010.1.4.4 shall be permitted.
Applies to classrooms, offices & other occupied rooms of K-12 schools along with universities and colleges.
“This code change will require all Group E classroom doors to be lockable from the inside of the classroom preventing entry to the classroom, without the need to open the door. This proposal does not prescribe specifically how the door is to be lockable from inside the classroom.”
While the traditional classroom function lock will no longer be allowed by this change many door hardware manufacturers, Hager included, have a classroom security function which allows the lock to be engaged from the interior of the room without opening the door.
“Additional requirements are the door is to be unlockable and readily openable inside the classroom without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort, as required in IBC Section 1010.1.9 Subsections of 1010.1.9 include requirements for hardware height (between 34 and 48 inches above the floor), and for hardware configuration (for doors required to be accessible, which would be almost all classroom doors, the door operating hardware shall not require tight grasping, tight pinching or twisting of the wrist to operate). An additional requirement of this of this proposal is the classroom door is to be unlockable and openable from outside the classroom by a key or other lock credential.”
Modifications of fire door hardware, listed panic hardware and door closers may not be modified.
This proposal balances the challenges of providing protection of students and teachers in the schools and allowing free and immediate means of egress at all times without the use of keys, tools, or special knowledge.
Both NFPA 101 and the International Fire Code have wording similar to the above in the developmental process.
These codes do not take effect immediately and the barricade debate will continue even when they do. We hope States will listen to their State Fire Marshalls and Building Code officials and act accordingly. In states like Arkansas, Kansas, Michigan, New Jersey and Ohio, who’ve updated their fire and building codes to allow the barricade devices, we hope lawmakers will rectify the error before any terrible consequences occur.
Thankfully the UCLA situation yesterday didn’t involve multiple shooters or mass shootings. Tragically two people did die, unfortunately it doesn’t seem as though any building or life safety code could have prevented this sad situation.
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