Facility Security

Attack-Resistant Doors and Hardware Could Help Slow or Deter Attackers

Thinking about school safety requires more prescience than ever before. While some of the more public discussions have focused on the controversial political issues of gun control and arming teachers, there are other, more immediate stop-gap measures to employ in the interim. One move school districts could make is to incorporate attack-resistant doors into existing buildings or new construction plans.

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ASSA ABLOY has partnered with School Guard Glassto help schools move beyond their core mission to educate students while also keeping them safe and secure.

With the goal of constructing robust, resilient and secure educational facilities, to develop complete door openings that comply with the 5-aa10 test standards based on the FBI’s Active Shooter Report. The openings are economically designed using hollow metal door and frame construction with accompanying ASSA ABLOY hardware, that ensure maximum security without sacrificing usability or aesthetics.

To ensure that doors remain secure once closed, the Attack Resistant Openings are rigorously tested to ensure they can withstand an intense four-minute physical attack with the use of hand tools after being shot 60 times with 7.62 NATO rounds. And while the door or glass may not stop a bullet from penetrating the opening, the attack-resistant door assembly will remain intact, preventing an attacker from breaching the opening.

“We share a core mission statement with schools: we want to protect the students, faculty and staff in our communities across the country,” said Ron Baer, Director of Business Development – K-12 at ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions. “One of the easiest, quickest, and most economical ways to immediately improve the security of a school is to look at an opening that can withstand and repel a physical assault.”

To get a sense of how an attack resistant door might impact security in an emergency situation, you can check out this video demonstration of a physical attack. While the door might not be completely unbreakable, it appears that it could certainly slow down an attacker trying to gain entry to a room.

ASSA ABLOY is the global leader in door opening solutions, dedicated to satisfying end-user demands for security, safety and convenience.