An increase in threatening situations in school environments requires individuals to be ready to secure egress doors quickly to prevent intruders and other uninvited individuals from entering a space. Given the numerous variables that can affect where, when, how, or even if individuals can shelter-in-place during an emergency, there is a need for a simple, portable, lightweight, and cost-effective door security device that installs quickly and easily—without tools—on outward swinging doors from within the room being secured.
The inventors have developed a device that can secure an outward swinging egress door from within a room, enabling occupants of a space to quickly barricade a room's entrance during a lockdown or other emergency requiring shelter-in-place protocols. In contrast to other known door security devices and systems for securing a hinged, outward swinging egress door, this improved door security device is portable, lightweight, easy-to-install without tools, and adaptable to doors with different handle, jamb, and casing combinations or measurements. This discrete, on-the-go security device for securing an outward swinging door is not dependent on any furnishings or security apparatus of a particular space.
Teachers, students, office workers, and others can use this device for securing outward swinging egress doors in classrooms, offices, or other spaces when they do not have keys to secure such doors.