Fire marshals will now allow schools to use barricade devices for active shooter protection

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The Tennessee State Fire Marshall’s Office is loosening the reins a bit on its codes, specifically its guidance on doors in classrooms in an effort to enhance school safety.

“During annual inspections of classrooms, inspectors will no longer issue citations for barricade devices so long as the devices are not attached to a door nor deployed during an inspection,” the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance said in a news release. “If a device is used for purposes other than security drills or lockdowns, this will be noted as a deficiency. Any alterations to classroom doors must comply with adopted codes.”

The new guidelines follow recent deadly school shootings in Texas and Florida.

As we reported in May, four Washington County, Tennessee schools previously violated state fire code as part of their efforts to protect students from an active shooter. State inspection pictures showed barricades on doors at Daniel Boone High School and Grandview Elementary School, carabiners used to keep doors locked at Grandview, Sulphur Springs Elementary School and West View Elementary School, a bolt lock on a door at Sulphur Springs and a locking device system on a door at Daniel Boone

School officials told us after the state noted the violations, they removed the devices from the doors.

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