New safety device can provide extra security during school lockdowns

TUCSON, Ariz. - Rural Metro Fire Department wants to spread the word about a new safety device that could provide an added layer of security during school lockdown situations.

The device is called a safety sleeve and is made from decommissioned fire hose material. The hose is cut into a 6-inch piece and fits over the hydraulic door closer. This prevents the door from opening or closing.

This device was introduced by a high school principal in Glendale, Arizona, who got the idea from a teacher in Kansas.

The safety sleeves are zero cost, and highly effective. When in use, doors cannot be opened from either side and if the sleeve must be removed, it can be done so quickly by anyone inside.

Rural Metro wants to be able to provide these sleeves to all interested schools in their service area. They are also working with neighboring fire departments to spread the word.

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