The LockOut Company Blog

Our blog is designed to provide insights and information into the current state of safety in schools, offices, churches, nurseries, government buildings, and other buildings and facilities of all kinds.

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Partner Spotlight - Development: Neosofft Technologies

We've addded a bonus article to our Partner Spotlight Series, and profiled our incredible development partner, Neosoft Technologies, who've worked incredibly hard to develop our LockOut mobile application.

June 11 - 2019
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An Interview With Ryan Cunningham, Superintendent - Ovid Elsie Area Schools

We interview Ryan Cunningham, superintendent of Ovid Elsie Area Schools and learn how Ovid Elsie is making their schools safer through The LockOut Company's SmartBoot door barricade and school lockdown system.

June 10 - 2019
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The Value of Updating School Safety Policies and Procedures

Policies that keep students and staff safe go far beyond lockdown systems like The LockOut System. Every policy that a school puts in place is an opportunity to add layers of safety to the processes that students, staff, parents, and visitors work within on a given day.

May 16 - 2019
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2018 FBI Active Shooter Statistics

Each year the FBI puts out statistics on active shooters in the US. These sobering statistics give us an overview of active shooter scenarios in the US.

May 13 - 2019
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Securing Your Home During Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is finally here. While the rest of us are getting ready to enjoy the sun and time with our families, burglars are gearing up to enjoy their peak season as well.

May 10 - 2019
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How We Can Help Stop Bullying

Bullying, it’s a topic that we discuss so often, and one that continues to be a problem in most schools across the country. Bullying takes many forms, and while completely eliminating it may prove difficult, it’s important that we make every attempt to stop bullying in all its forms and protect the victims and potential victims of bullying wherever possible.

May 6 - 2019
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Raising Funds for a School Lockdown System

One of the primary issues many schools encounter when attempting to purchase a lockdown system is raising funds for the purchase. At The LockOut Company, we understand that raising funds for a lockdown system is not always the easiest proposition, especially when the system is being purchased by a school.

May 1 - 2019
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What is Egress Law

While some door barricade devices violate fire codes, specifically egress law, we are proud that The Boot, and further, all of the products we make at The LockOut Company, do not violate any of these laws in the states in which we operate.

April 24 - 2019
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Do You Need Door Barricades: A Brief Guide

At The LockOut Company, one of the questions we sometimes get from perspective LockOut System customers is, “Why do I need a door barricade?”. We understand this question, and have actually given it a lot of thought ourselves.

April 17 - 2019
Recent Articles

Partner Spotlight - Development: Neosoft Technologies

June 11 - 2019

An Interview With Ryan Cunningham, Superintendent - Ovid Elsie Area Schools

June 10 - 2019

The Value of Updating School Safety Policies and Procedures

May 16 - 2019

FBI Active Shooter Statistics 2018

May 13 - 2019

Securing Your Home During Summer Vacation

May 10 - 2019

How We Can Help Stop Bullying

May 6 - 2019

Raising Funds for a School Lockdown System

May 1 - 2019

What Is Egress Law?

April 24 - 2019

Do You Need Door Barricades: A Brief Guide

April 17 - 2019

How to Make Employee Termination Safer for Everyone Involved

April 14 - 2019

What Is Secure Mode?

April 10 - 2019

A Few Important Lockdown and Lockout terms

April 6 - 2019

3 Reasons Students Feel Safer After Their School Installs a Lockdown System

April 2 - 2019

How To Ensure Lockdown Drills Are Safe, Effective, and Healthy

March 24 - 2019

How To Include Parents When Implementing a School Lockdown System

March 15 - 2019

Three Questions to Ask About Your Building Lockdown System

March 8 - 2019

Partner Spotlight - Part 3 of 3: Future Electronics

February 26 - 2019

The Importance of Code Compliance When Installing a Lockdown System

February 25 - 2019

LockOut Company Issued Utility Patents for LockOut System

February 22 - 2019

LockOut SmartBoot System Passes FCC Testing

January 28 - 2019

Why The Michigan State Police School Safety Task Force Final Recommendations Are So Important For School Lockdown System Safety

January 18 - 2019

Not Just for Schools: Evaluating Lockdown Systems for Residential Communities

January 15 - 2019

Seven Education & Safety Blogs We Follow

January 12 - 2019

The Psychological Effects of Lockdowns on Students

January 9 - 2019

Not Just for Schools: Evaluating Lockdown Systems for Commercial Locations

January 4 - 2019

Not Just for Schools: Evaluating Lockdown Systems for Government Facilities

January 1 - 2019

Not Just for Schools: Evaluating Lockdown Systems for Places of Worship

December 27 - 2018

Partner Spotlight - Part 2 of 3: The Pinnacle Technology Group

December 19 - 2018

Keeping It Local: Why Midwest Companies Are Powering The LockOut SmartBoot System

December 15 - 2018

Partner Spotlight - Part 1 of 3: The Divelbiss Corporation

December 12 - 2018

Why We Built The SmartBoot System

December 9 - 2018

Why The IoT and Bluetooth Technology Are The Future of Building Safety

November 27 - 2018

What a Mock Lockdown Can Reveal About Your School Lockdown System

November 4 - 2018

Want to Improve Your Lockdown Procedures? Ask These Three Questions.

October 30 - 2018

Make The Switch: How Converting to LED Lighting Can Benefit Your Organization

October 24 - 2018

School Lockdown Report - October 19th, 2018

October 19 - 2018

Five Steps to Reduce Fear for Students During a School Lockdown

October 18 - 2018

School Lockdown Report - October 12th, 2018

October 12 - 2018

Why School Lockdowns Are Not "One Size Fits All"

October 3 - 2018

We're Friends With ALICE, And You Should Be Too

September 28 - 2018

When It Comes to a School Lockdown, Have a Plan, Not Just a System

September 25 - 2018

Best Laid Plans: Why a Comprehensive Building Identification System is Critical to Safety and Security

September 21 - 2018

The Changing Landscape of School Safety

September 17 - 2018

7 Steps to Keep Schools (and Other Buildings) Safe

September 17 - 2018