No matter how much preventative steps one does, sometimes fires happen. In fact, about 5,690 structure fires occurred annually in educational properties between 2007 and 2011, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
What’s important is that schools are doing everything in their power to avoid fires and properly practice fire safety in their schools.
In cases of fires, teachers, staff and children should know what to do. That’s where fire safety prevention comes in.
Here are some National Fire Protection Association-approved tips to ensure your school is practicing fire safety and keeping its occupants safe:
- Be Prepared: It’s critical that you prepare your teachers, staff and students on what to do in case of a fire. Recommended at least monthly, fire drills are great assets to keep procedures fresh in people’s minds all school year long. During drills, use the actual fire alarm, so people are familiar with the sound.
- Unblocked Exits: In case of a fire, it’s important for teachers and staff to remain vigilant to make sure fire escape paths and exits are clear.
- Fire Protection Systems: As part of their training, teachers and staff should also be aware of these systems and what actions, if any, they need to take if the system goes off.
- Post Fire Escape Maps: In case of a fire, school occupants should know what to do. Posting maps in every room showing two exit paths is a must to keep school occupants safe.
- Keep a Headcount: It’s vital that teachers and classroom staff keep a roster to make sure everyone is accounted for in both drills and real fire emergencies.
- Identify a Designated Waiting Spot: Everyone in the school should know where they should meet in case of a fire or drill. Pick a spot that everyone can wait until they get the all clear or further instructions are given.
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