School Fire Safety
It’s that time of the year again! Summer is coming to an end, and students and teachers are heading back to school. Based upon the research conducted by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an annual average of 4,980 structure fires occurred in educational properties, and approximately 69% took place in nursery, elementary, middle, or high schools from 2011 until 2015. As such, we highly recommend stressing fire safety education in schools. Five key tips are listed below.
- All exists must be inspected daily to ensure they are working properly and remain unblocked.
- Maps illustrating two exits should be posted in each room.
- Rosters should be created and utilized so that every student is accounted for.
- Teachers and other staff members must familiarize themselves with the school’s fire protection system and be aware of the locations of the fire alarm pull stations and sprinklers.
- Expected and unexpected fire drills should occur monthly at minimum, and everyone in the school should participate; it is imperative to emphasize order during the drills. The emergency drill alarm should be sounded during the drills so that everyone becomes familiar with the sound. The pairing of students with specific needs and an adult or classmate is critical. Moreover, a predetermined location where students meet once they exit the building should be specified.
Source: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
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