How Fast Can Your School Lockdown?
Unfortunately, it is an accepted fact that occasionally schools have to go on lockdown. What that term means in individual schools varies as much as the size of school districts across the country. Some schools define a lockdown as securing all exterior school doors. Others add all classroom doors to the exterior and could throw in the cafeteria, library, and gymnasium. Whatever the term means to your school district, one key questions remains foremost in the minds of school administrators, facility and security directors. What is the safest, fastest, easiest and most cost effective means of locking down our campus?
Let Detex help with our Electric Dogging for Lockdown EasyKits. Electric dogging is a low-cost alternative to electric latch retraction. When installed throughout a school facility, the use of electric dogging accomplishes many things:
- Allows all devices to be "energized" by one control switch that can be located in a centralized area of the building
- Allows one of several switches located throughout the campus to be activated to revert all panic devices to secure mode, effectively locking every door equipped with this type of device
- When applied to classroom doors, removes the need for a teacher to remember where the key is and how to lockdown a device on a classroom door, perhaps in the height of a crisis.
The Electric Dogging EasyKits are designed for any door in any type of building where imminent danger to occupants requires immediate and simultaneous locking of multiple doors within the facility. When energized, and after the pushpad is depressed, the pushpad and the latch bolt remain retracted, providing push-pull operation. On-board key switch provides complete control of each device to key-holder. Immediate relocking of all devices is accomplished by using an external signal switch or through a fire alarm input. LEDs offer visual indications of system status. All components required for this installation are included in one easy-to-order kit. For facilities with multiple doors, additional kits, without the central control switch, can be ordered.
The Electric Dogging Keyed (EDK) device option is designed for classroom as well as entrance and exit doors.
The primary function of the EDK is to allow teachers classroom entry control with an adminstrative instantaneous "lockdown" override. The EDK can also be applied to perimeter and common area openings which may require immediate security when the situation requires immediate prevention of building or classroom entry.
The exit device always allows egress to permit occupants to leave an area while in a lockdown or deactivated mode. The storeroom function trim requires a key to gain entry. Optional card and keypad trims are available.
When the device is de-energized; entry requires use of a key to retract the latch, allowing the door to be pulled open. After entering the class room, the teacher can activate the EDK feature with the key switch built into the device. When energized, and after the pushpad is depressed, the pushpad and the latch bolt remain retracted, providing quiet push-pull operation. The built-in indicator allows the teachers and facility personnel to determine the security status of the device.
Door remains latched until built-in keyswitch is set to the access allowed position and the pushpad is depressed.
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