School Safety Solutions

Posted Monday, June 27th, 2016

Multiracial group of preschoolers walking down hallway

Every school facility has a unique set of security needs depending upon the age of the children and the staff’s requirements. The challenge lies in determining the degree of protection that is needed and then finding the door solution that is most suitable. A door assembly is often the building’s first line of defense and can dramatically reduce the risk of harm to people and property.

Cressy Door and Fireplace offers a wide range of security door and frame options for new and existing schools. The doors and the frames are the backbone of every security solution, and since all of the hardware is mounted on or connected to either the door or frame, it is extremely important that the proper configuration is designed correctly from the beginning. Schools are often configured for a hybrid of burglary protection and safety.

The most common details for a design professional to consider are:

  • Budget
  • Risk – physical attack, burglary or both
  • Severity of Risk
  • Consideration of bullet-resistant doors
  • If retrofitting the steel doors is sufficient

Our friends at the Steel Door Institute recently published an article on this exact subject. You can view it in its entirety here: Reducing the Risk of Forced Entry.

In our experience, every school uses doors and frames, but few are actually designed to take advantage of the important role these products can play in creating a safer environment for our children to learn. By combining hollow metal doors and frames with the proper hardware solutions, the team at Cressy Door and Fireplace is able to provide any school facility with a total security solution that will assure peace of mind.

Summer is the perfect time to evaluate and upgrade your school’s security needs. If you have any questions or comments on the various hollow metal door solutions including optional manual and automatic hardware, give our sales team a call.