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An OSFM fire prevention specialist inspecting a new facilityThe Prevention Division works to reduce the potential impact of fire and explosion hazards where people live, work, and congregate. This team focuses on inspecting facilities which pose distinct fire hazards and where the potential loss of life from fire is very high.

The division is also responsible for the promotion of fire safety and the education of building owners, operators, and occupants, and the general public. Both office and field personnel are active educators, presenting a variety of program topics across the state of Kansas.

Our office even employs a dedicated Education Consultant to work with local fire and law enforcement jurisdictions, helping to educate kids on fire safety and prevent them from starting fires.

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Classroom Barriers

Mende Barnett, OSFM Education Consultant | Sep 13, 2013

Active shooter information and prevention have been a hot topic with our office. From Sandy Hook to the more recent Georgia incidents we all are looking at ways to keep our kids safe. In doing so, we are finding that even though this type of safety is important from keeping intruders out of the classrooms we also have to allow the “good guys” in the classrooms in case of a fire or other emergency.

DAW TECH is a supplier of controlled environment solutions. They have designed the S.O.B Classroom Barrier that is best described as a ballistic rated barrier-of-entry door. Its design is to make every classroom a safe room.

The problem with these types of doors is the variable factors that are involved. They are not approved classroom doors. If a facility was to use this as a corridor door it would need to meet the code for that purpose. IFC 1017.1 states that an Education Occupancy Type should have a one hour fire rated corridor door without a sprinkler. 

Another concern would be the type of lock being used on these types of doors. Is it easily accessible? Can a teacher get the door unlocked with one motion?

Active shooter drills are on the rise after all these events have taken place and having an Emergency Response Plan in place is important to all involved. It is up to each individual facility to prepare, plan and execute such plans. Homeland Security offers a 90 minute webinar and other resource material available to help private and public sectors understand the importance of developing an emergency response plan.


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