With many school districts expecting new budgets this summer, there will be an infusion of funds for some projects. While other projects will be put on the back burner due to lower priority.
We understand the current atmosphere of funding to the school systems and allocating resources for projects is very challenging. That is exactly why we have put this blog post together—to compile some areas that don’t require major dollars and can be done at reasonable rates before they turn into bigger expenses.
Door closers like the one shown above require preventive maintenance by a locksmith.
So facilities managers, maintenance directors and other school personnel still have time before the summer starts in full force to contact a qualified locksmith. Please be sure to contact one who has worked with schools before and can provide corresponding references.
Also, you may want to contact a company who has both locksmith and security expertise (with schools specifically) combined. As you’ll see in need number one below, school security is essential and having an expert to help in all school security areas will prove beneficial.
Lock-Down Security. Due to recent horrific events at schools, many districts have certainly taken action to prevent future situations. One such precaution that a locksmith can assist with is the installation of lock-down security locks—those which lock from the inside.
Teachers or students would simply need to locate the key, which would be held inside the classroom, if they were to observe a disturbance. The lock is easily and quickly locked from inside the classroom.
And as mentioned above, having a company that also provides expert security integration in addition to locksmith services will allow you to explore panic notification, access control and much more at the same time.
Survey of Doors and Door Hardware. Be sure to have a locksmith conduct a survey (inspection) of your exterior doors and accompanying door hardware. Most will do this for free. In fact, be sure to only have it done if it is at no charge.
In fitting with the comments at the outset of this post, often minor repairs and adjustments can be made at low cost if the survey yields these discoveries. You will most likely fend off more expensive projects down the road if you nip them in the bud now.
Repair, Adjust or Replace Bathroom Partitions and Accessories. This isn’t always the first function immediately associated with a locksmith, but many perform this function. And there’s no shortage of restrooms in a school.
Due to the all the moving parts involved and the wear and tear that they encounter, bathroom partitions are often in need of attention.
Re-key Lock Cylinders. When lock cylinders are worn and compromising the safety and well as the proper functioning of your school’s doors, have them re-keyed as opposed to changing the lock entirely. This saves money and savings can be considerable due to the amount of doors at your school.
General Maintenance. We had to include general maintenance in these five needs. When you have your locksmith in to do any of the above four functions, be sure to have him or her inspect the inside of your building in addition to the exterior door survey mentioned in the second item above.
Are your panic bars sticking? Are any door closers leaking grease and causing a potential slipping hazard on the floor. A trained locksmith will answer these and point out many other previously unknown issues.
Be sure to inspect your school with eye towards locksmith projects before the summer begins. With school being out this is a great time to tackle the above-mentioned projects before they become bigger ones.