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Lockdown for schools

Lockdown, an emergency barricade device that can lock down a door in a crisis situation, is being made available to schools at a price for that sector, from ERA, the UK home security product company.

The product, pictured, is designed to provide security in the event of a threatening situation, making doors inaccessible to intruders and creating a hiding place for students and teachers in the event of an attack.

ERA’s Head of Marketing, Tania Tams said: ‘We now live in a world where threatening situations in varied locations are becoming sadly more commonplace, and schools and colleges are being encouraged to plan for such emergencies. Lockdown provides the perfect solution – it is simple and easy to fit, making doors or corridors inaccessible to intruders and creating a safe hiding place for students and teachers in the event of an attack.

‘However, we are also very aware of the financial constraints currently placed upon schools and with budgets for fundamental equipment like books already under strain, defence items such as Lockdown (for multiple rooms and corridors) although important, may come further down the list. Whilst the costs associated with Lockdown are perfectly acceptable to any commercial organisation, they may appear challenging for schools.

‘For this reason, and to ensure we put our children’s well-being ahead of profit, ERA’s ‘Support for Schools’ campaign is offering Lockdown at a special discounted price, available only to educational establishments.

‘Lockdown is a brilliant product and whilst new to the UK market, it has already been welcomed by senior UK security and specialist agencies. We have had resounding interest from all parts of the world and varied commercial and public organisations are looking to incorporate Lockdown products into their invacuation / security plan.

ERA adds that the product fits in with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) updated safety advice which suggests the development of dynamic lockdown procedures and the use of secondary devices for ‘invacuation’ rather than evacuation to barricade people in a room safely and keep the external threat out.

The product is available for single and double doors, whether inward or outward swinging and fitted with or without traditional locks. Tested to PAS24 impact resistance standards, the single door product fits doors from 650mm-1100mm width, weighs 4kg and takes seconds to fit, according to the firm. The double door option fits doors up to 60mm, weighs 2kg and again takes seconds to create a barricade to outside entry.



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