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firehinge2The newest edition of the National Fire Protection Association standard, NFPA 80 2019, regulates the installation and maintenance of fire doors used to prevent the spread of fire and smoke within, into, or out of buildings. The regulations continue to mandate annual inspections to meet local building, fire or life safety codes. Passing the inspection is especially important to hospitals and health care facilities that are accredited by The Joint Commission and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a critical factor in receiving Medicare reimbursements. Also, many insurance companies require NFPA 80 compliance before they underwrite commercial buildings.

School 35978Nothing chills the hearts of school administrators and maintenance managers more than news of another mass school shooting in America. These dreadful acts of violence have changed the mindsets of school district leaders across the country. Tighter security. Greater protection. Closer collaboration with local law enforcement. Our nation’s school districts are more watchful, more mindful of every entryway.

In conversations I’ve had with behavioral health and hospital facilities managers, they know that their inpatient entryway doors need to be ligature resistant. But their concerns heighten when The Joint Commission, an independent not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies U.S. health care organizations and programs, cites them for door safety problems. These risks must be eliminated within 30 days of notification. If the patient safety problem isn’t fixed, the facility will face fines and the potential cancellation of Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements. That elimination of funding can and has led to facility closures. So how can they easily bring their entryways in compliance?

Jesse Garcia, Jr. at Addax Locksmith Company in Brownsville, Texas, has been installing and repairing locks for 24 years.

David Eubank, manager and training manager at A1- Locksmith in Tarrant County, Texas has been a locksmith for 39 years.

When you work as many decades as these two locksmiths, you see and solve a lot of security issues. You find ways to install and rekey locks more efficiently. Fit more jobs in a week.

The challenge for Jesse and David is finding ways to augment their bread-and-butter locksmith jobs with new income streams that can grow their business. They’ve found a way and it’s making their customers happier. We asked them to share their trade secrets with you:


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