Locking doors in a group home

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      Robert StewartRobert Stewart

      I am with a small department in Simcoe County. We have received a request to install locks on an individuals doors to his unit so that he cannot leave his unit, as he is going out at night and vandalizing vehicles in the community. If anyone has had any similar requests and what you have done. The building is a Group Home with a maximum 4 residents and  is fully sprinklered. I believe that the CBO will need to be involved as it changes the building code classification.

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      Andrew McMillanAndrew McMillan

      We dealt with a group home here in a similar situation and have another one on the go right now. Both are B occupancies. The one requested to put a lock on the bedroom door and advised us that staff would unlock the door in the event of an emergency. We didn’t allow it. We did take the time to educate the building owner on the potential risks. Maglocks were eventually installed in the building. A building permit was obtained for this installation. They were required to met OBC requirements which, required a fire alarm system and emergency lighting to be installed. The fire safety plan was also updated to reflect the change.

      Andrew McMillan
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