Automatic Doors for Safety and Security in Schools

June 13, 2024

students sitting on the stairs in front of the school

photo credit: College students sitting on stairs outside of a campus building

As a school administrator or school official, safety is one of your primary concerns. Doing all you can to improve the security of your school building is essential. It allows students and families to relax and focus on education instead of being distracted by safety concerns.

Are Automatic Doors Safe?

Automatic doors are not only safe, but they make school buildings safer and more secure.

Many of the doors we provide are equipped with sensors (both passive and active). They stop rotating, opening and closing, or sliding if an obstruction is detected. These entry-point sensors prevent people from getting injured or trapped.

All types of automatic doors help to make school spaces safer for everyone. Automatic doors help school officials manage access to buildings and make leaving buildings during emergencies more efficient and safer.

Automatic doors offer:

Access Control

Automatic doors allow you to easily set hours of access or open and close doors during emergencies. Many doors connect to external devices like card readers or keypads, allowing doors to be secured offsite. Automatic doors are one of the most effective tools for preventing unwanted intruders in schools.

Fast Reaction

Automatic doors can be closed and locked quickly with just the touch of a button. You’ll be able to lock down the school building in seconds without sacrificing any of the convenience or accessibility of your building during non-emergency situations.

Fire Protection

Automatic doors can prevent fire from spreading in the building. We offer a range of fire protection features, including the first-ever accordion-type fire-rated sliding doors. These doors also make exiting during a fire-related emergency easier and safer.

Automatic Doors Are Reliable and Functional, and Offer Safety and Security

Automatic doors are the answer to many of the safety and security questions school officials have faced in recent years. These doors improve safety without sacrificing accessibility or convenience.

Security doors offer:

  • Controls that limit after-hours access or access during emergencies
  • High-speed closing ability that can secure buildings in seconds without interfering with ADA requirements or convenience during non-emergency situations
  • Fire protection that prevents the spread of fire and controls traffic flow
  • Affordability by reducing the need for frequent upgrades or repairs and integrating with an existing system that increases usable space
  • Bullet-resistant glass options provide an added layer of protection
  • Blast- and hurricane-rated systems that meet the US Department of Defense United Facilities Criteria (UFS)

This is an article in the series Summer Maintenance for Automatic Doors in Schools.

Our next article describes how automatic doors can ensure inclusivity and accessibility for students and teachers with disabilities.


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  • Advanced Door Automation services North Carolina and east to the coastal regions
  • Advanced Door Service services Eastern Pennsylvania, Virginia, DC, Baltimore and Northern Georgia
  • Allegheny Door Enterprises services Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia
  • Automatic Door Enterprises services Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and surrounding areas
  • Del-Mar Door Service services Delaware
  • Door Controls services Louisiana
  • Eastern Door Service services greater New Jersey area
  • Texas Access Controls services Dallas, Houston, Austin and Corpus Christi, Texas areas
  • Horton Automatics of Ontario services Ottawa Valley and Southern Ontario, Canada