What is NFPA's stance on barricade type products on fire doors in egress and non-egress openings?

Blog Post created by rsolomon Employee on Jul 24, 2018

NFPA hosted the Building Safety and Security Workshop on May 10-11, bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to help prioritize the next layers of “security safety” to be written into codes, planning documents, and related outreach materials.

In my recent NFPA Live webinar, I provided a synopsis of the workshop report, which brought to light a number of topics:


  • The built environment requires changes in both the short- and long-term, from ensuring that buildings use approved hardware (such as proper door locking mechanisms) to strategies on how to better integrate built-in alarms and related systems for both fire and target violence events.
  • Raised awareness is needed around current codes and standards, while attention must be given to the enhancement of existing codes to incorporate provisions that specifically address security.
  • Smart building integration is a key to ensuring building safety and security.
  • Education for building occupants will strengthen their ability to think clearly and make potentially life-saving decisions during an emergency situation.


During the presentation, I received this frequently asked question from a member. I'm sharing it here with you. I hope you find some value in it.


NFPA Live is an interactive video series in which members of NFPA staff address some of the most frequent topics they receive through the Member's Only Technical Question service. If you are currently an NFPA Member you can view the entire video by following this link. If you're not currently a member, join today!