When it comes to a classroom lockdown, securing the door needs to be "Step 1." We have created the Step 1 door lockdown device that is a low-cost solution to help teachers not only secure the door first but do it faster than any other method.

Check out our simple installation video and overview


Step 1, Lock The Door

Securing the door needs to be the first priority during a lockdown situation. Relying on fine motor skills under stress, such as using a key to lock a door or going outside the classroom to secure a key lock door during an emergency, is not only impractical but downright dangerous!

A solution to the problem is implementing a policy requiring the classroom door to remain locked. However, this policy does not account for students and teachers entering and exiting classrooms during breaks or lunch and the nuisance of the teacher having to stop in the middle of a lesson to open the door for someone.

The "Step 1" Lockdown Device solves that problem when properly applied to the inside door jamb, by allowing the door to be locked and ready for a lockdown situation while still allowing for easy access to the classroom. When a lockdown is initiated, the door can be locked in a matter of seconds by simply pulling the Step 1 device back and allowing the door to quickly close. All this can be done without outside exposure to the person locking the door.

Step One Device Disengaged


Issues with The Competitor's Device

Districts in the past have purchased a competing device but there have been some serious issues. Complaints about the competitor's device from teachers included the following:

..the device wouldn’t stay secured to the door, ..the device was mounted too high on the door so kids wouldn’t vandalize it or remove it from the door.., ..the device would slide shut after accidentally being touched causing the teacher to be locked out of the room..

These are some of the complaints by teachers (in fact, the competitor's device does not have a warranty and was never intended to be a school safety device by the manufacturer).


Our Product was Created and Designed for Lockdown Scenarios

Our design engineer, along with input from educators, firefighters who have conducted school safety inspections, and law enforcement instructors came together with a far more superior product.


The “Step 1” Lockdown Device has the following features and designs:

  • Installed to the door with 3M® VHB tape creating the strongest bond to the door possible. The device can be mounted just above the door handle at 36”-48” heights in compliance with ADA guidelines and not have to worry about a student removing it or damaging it.
  • The device has a green indicator which tells the educator or occupants of the room if the door is secured closed or not from a distance.
  • The finger grip on the solid rubber slide has a design so it takes a pulling, grip motion to activate it and will not be closed or engaged accidentally.
  • This product is called “STEP 1” and comes with a sticker for the door to educate occupants on the first step needed during a lock down. This also serves as a reminder to the educator under stress during the lock down what they need to do first and foremost


ARE screws or any other type OF installation equipment NEEDED to install the device on the doors?

No, the “Step 1” Lockdown Device does not require anything other than what comes in the package we send you. Isopropyl alcohol wipes (included) to clean the area of the door and the device itself. Our product comes with easy to install instructions and a link to a YouTube® video on installation and use. Use of screws to affix any device to a fire rated door will violate fire codes.


How Do I Place an Order?

Send us an email at step1@knowledgesaveslives.com.

Tell us the name of your site or district and the number of units needed. Remember, these are designed to be a safety device for rooms that a person can secure from the inside. They are best suited for classrooms and offices, not hallway doors or exterior gates or fences. Once we know how many you need, we will send you an invoice estimate which requires approval before we can complete the order.

Is Shipping and Handling Included in the Estimate?

Yes, we take the guesswork out of everything. We use standard USPS shipping so if it fits, it ships at no additional cost to you. And we always throw in a few extra just in case there are a few extra doors that weren’t included in the original estimate.

Contact us to learn more about how we can help you prepare for any emergency. We proudly serve all areas of California.

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