The reality of the American education system today is not just of underfunding or lack of new teachers, but the near constant threat of school shootings. Nearly 70% of schools across the U.S. have drilled students on what to do in an active shooter situation. Some of those drills even include the use of classroom safety devices to help protect students, teachers, and staff.
If your school is looking to add safety devices, or if you are a teacher looking to invest in your own protection, ensure the classroom safety device you choose meets these criteria.
One of the biggest problems teachers and staff face during lockdown situations are the locks on doors. Valuable time can be wasted in an emergency if a teacher has to search for the right key on a key ring or manipulate difficult locking mechanisms. Before you purchase a classroom safety device make sure that it can be applied in seconds.
In most schools, the teachers, students, and staff can move freely throughout the building and only a select few have the ability to lock doors. This is a security challenge many schools face, especially during an active shooter situation, where the occupants of a classroom may not be able to even lock the door to protect students and personnel inside.
Many school safety devices are powered by electricity – like those tied to teacher badges. However, most fire alarms deactivate door locks which can render these systems useless in the event of an active shooter emergency. Choose a device that does not rely on electricity and lose the risk of it being ineffective.
Complicated door jam and barricade devices are just that – complicated. Instead choose a security device that can be applied by anyone, without any special training or skill set.
Many classroom safety devices on the market require doors, keyhole, and handles to be retrofitted for the device to work. This can be costly for schools of any size. Instead, choose a classroom safety device that is always ready without the need for special equipment, fittings, or modifications.
Schools and teachers looking for a classroom safety device that meets all the above criteria should use the SwiftShield lockdown device. SwiftShield lockdown safety device was created to provide a solution to the security challenges schools face: speed, usability, and accessibility. SwiftShield acts as a door barricade preventing entry into any room, office, classroom or building to help protect the occupants inside. It can be applied in seconds, requires zero electricity, and no training or special installation is required to use it.