A fire can be a scary situation to face, and they can occur in all locations, even if there are smoke alarm and water sprinklers in place. They can also happen outside of the home as well, such as at schools. With so many people in schools, including children, it is important to be prepared for the possibility of a fire. Here are some safety tips for preparing and applying fire protection in schools.
When working on fire preparation and protection in schools, there needs to be information and people to take charge (incase there is any panic). There needs to be an individual who will read the manual and make a note of where the nearest exits are. This should then be posted inside of each classroom, along with a lighted signs (such as an “Exit” sign) to show the way out.
If a fire does occur, there is no time to stand around and decide who should and should not take charge. The first individual who notices the fire should be the one to help everyone. If this person is a young student, then the teacher will need to take charge. If there is smoke coming out of a classroom, then the individual should not open the door. Doing so will cause the oxygen to make the fire stronger, and this could cause a back draft and the will put everyone at risk of a possible explosion. But instead, the individual should immediately call 911 and pull the fire switch. Pulling the fire switch will alert everyone that there is a fire. This will help to increase the fire protection in schools by making everyone aware of the danger. There will even be some teachers who will have everyone form a line in the back and then to slowly move to the nearest fire exit (running could cause more problems and even injuries, so it is advised to walk and not run to the nearest exit).
There are many, if not all, schools that conduct a fire drill a few times a year. But fire drills should be done on a regular basis, to help prepare everyone in school for the chance of a fire. If it is not done regularly, many will panic if a fire does occur because they are still unsure of what to do and how to remain calm.
A great amount of smoke can occur when a fire breaks out, which can make it difficult for everyone to see what is in front of them. To avoid becoming ill and/or suffocating, then a person should use something to cover their face and use the sense of touch to get a feel of what is in front of them. Be alert of walls, staircases, and such.
The elevators should never be used during fire. If there is a power outage, then anyone in the elevator could become trapped inside. The smoke inhalation inside of the elevator could cause illness or death. Everyone should always use the stairs, as it is a safer and faster way to exit the building.
Fire extinguishers can usually be found along the hallways and even in some (if not all) classrooms. They can be used for smaller fires, but there is not enough to take down the blaze of a larger fire. But rather than trying to be a hero and taking down the larger blazes on their own, the individual should instead get everyone out of the building.
Should a person catch on fire, then others should help by putting a heavy blanket on them to put out the flames. The person who catches on fire should also remember to stop, drop, and roll.
When preparing a plan for fire protection in schools, there should be a planned assembly point where everyone in the class should meet up. This way, the teacher or authority figure can make sure everyone is accounted for and safe. Then everyone should stay put outside of the building until a higher authority figure tells them that it is safe to go back inside the building.
Once a fire preparation plan is thought out, then it should be discussed among staff and faculty members. This way, everyone can decide if there are any improvements that should be made and how to go about carrying out the plan. Once the plan is completely thought out and decided on, it can then be explained to the students. Sadly, there will be some students, staff, and faculty members who do not take fire protection in schools seriously. This could become a matter of life or death, so it is important that the plan is firmly stressed to everyone. If need be, make them aware of the consequences, such as injury or death, of not taking the possibility of a fire seriously.
Everyone should take the fire protection in schools seriously and be aware of any and all emergency plans. If everyone is alert and prepared, then they will be able to get out of the building safely if a fire does break out.