Securitech Raises Safety Standards with Unique One-Press Classroom Deadbolt

Securitech is pioneering faster, easier and stronger classroom security with its QID (Quick Intruder Deadbolt) classroom lock, on display at ISC West this week. Designed to exceed safe school government standards (FEMA-428/BIPS-07), the QID functions as a classroom lock for everyday use but features the unique ability to instantly deadbolt a classroom door with the simple push of a single red button.

"The QID's instant activation addresses the need to quickly deadbolt the door and make the classroom a safe haven," said Mark Berger, President and Chief Product Officer,  Securitech. "The only thing students and teachers need to know is to press the little red button."

The QID's unique deadbolt locking mechanism is activated by simply pushing the red button. With one press, the person closest to the door can instantly activate both the deadbolt and the lever handle lock. A visual indicator lets the teacher know that the door is secured by the QID deadbolt and the outside lever is locked. It is the only solution that combines the locking lever handle with the deadbolt in a single action for the highest strength and security.

The Securitech QID lock is 100% code compliant and presents a number of advantages over other classroom locks. It combines the fast locking of both the exterior lever handle and a deadbolt with the single-action egress required for occupant safety. Just as important, the door can always be unlocked by key from the outside. This critically important outside key access enables first responders or other authorized staff to enter the room quickly, if needed – which some other newly developed classroom door blocking products do not allow.

Virtually no training is required to activate the QID lock. Expert recommendations, including those from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), include specific proposals for classroom door locks in its primer for safe school design (FEMA-428/BIPS-07/Jan 2012). Their first guidance on this topic states that doors should "have a simple locking mechanism, such as a button to push in that cannot be locked to prevent egress from the classroom." The Securitech QID locks are in full compliance with the DHS guidance.

The primary recommendation of the Final Report of the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, chartered by the Governor of Connecticut, was to implement the School Safety Infrastructure Council (SSIC) standard requiring that all classrooms in K-12 schools have doors that can be locked from the inside by the classroom teacher or substitute. Securitech's innovative QID classroom lock solution cost-effectively exceeds these standards with fast, one-press activation of both a deadbolt and lever handle lock.

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