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Door Security in Schools

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Security Doors

It is extremely important to have strong, secure doors on school buildings for several reasons:-

To prevent people breaking in to the buildings

Schools have always had a major problem with security especially burglaries. This is because of the equipment which they have, computers, laptops, over head projectors are the main items that the burglars are looking for. The reason for this is that they can be carried away and sold on relatively easily. Doors are often seen as weak points this is why they are often targeted and attacked by burglars. A lot of doors on school buildings are wooden, PVC or have a large amount of glass in them so they can be fairly easy to break through.

Access control

Access control is extremely important in schools, the staff needs to be able to monitor and control who enters and exits the building.

Easy exit in case of an emergency

Schools also need good emergency exit doors in the event of a fire or some other emergency.

Steel doors provide a solution to all of the above points. There are different types of steel door available for what ever situation you require them for such as personnel doors, entrance doors, fire exit doors, louvred doors etc.

Steel doors are excellent for preventing people from breaking through them. Most wooden doors get broken through because they are kicked or hit with some sort of battering ram and the frame splits. This does not happen with a steel door for different reasons, the frame and door are stronger because they are steel; the door has dog bolts on it. These are metal bolts that protrude out of the hinge side of the door and go into the frame when the door is closed so that if some one managed to grind the hinges off, the door cannot be lifted out of the frame.

Steel communal entrance doors are an excellent option for the main entrance of a school; they provide a good level of physical security and can also be fitted with magnetic locks and other access control systems so anyone wishing to enter the building would have to identify them self before being let in. Communal doors are also manufactured with continuous piano style hinges that run from the top to the bottom of the door, these provide added security. They can also be fitted with letter boxes, vision panels, spy viewers and any other furniture that you would expect to find on any other front door.

Fire exit doors are a necessity in schools in case of an emergency. They need to be easily accessible, simple to use and should remain unlocked the whole time that the building is occupied. A lot of the emergency exit doors on schools in schools are made of wood or PVC, these can quite often get damaged, broken or warped fairly easily. This may happen because of weather conditions, wear and tear or being attacked. This may then make them difficult to open. The best option would be to have a steel fire exit door, they are a lot stronger and more rigid, therefore less likely to get damaged or warped. They would also stand up to a substantial attack.

Fire exit doors are a necessity in schools in case of an emergency. They need to be easily accessible, simple to use and should remain unlocked the whole time that the building is occupied. A lot of the emergency exit doors on schools in schools are made of wood or PVC, these can quite often get damaged, broken or warped fairly easily. This may happen because of weather conditions, wear and tear or being attacked. This may then make them difficult to open. The best option would be to have a steel fire exit door, they are a lot stronger and more rigid, therefore less likely to get damaged or warped. They would also stand up to a substantial attack.

Finger protection

One of the main concerns with having steel doors in schools, especially primary schools is the risk of children catching their fingers in the door because how heavy they are. You can avoid this by fitting a finger protection strip on the front and back of the hinge, this covers the gap between the door and frame where the hinges are therefore, there is no way a child could put their fingers in there and get them trapped. There are also products available that go on the handle side of doors which stop the doors shutting completely. They form a block between the door and the frame, so if a child does put there fingers in between the door will not be able to slam shut on them.

In conclusion steel doors are the best option for schools, they are available for every application, whether it be access, emergency exits or security and they can be made safe for the children.