School Fire Protection Tips and Requirements
School Fire Protection
One unfortunate statistic is that many school fires are set intentionally. Increase the security around the school to prevent intruders, including surveillance and locks for all windows and doors. Schools must have all the necessary fire protection systems in always working order. Like many other public buildings, schools require fire sprinklers, alarms, and fire extinguishers. Sometimes you may even need special fire suppression for a school kitchen or in classroom laboratories. Approximately 10 percent of school fires begin in the kitchen. Having functional school fire protection equipment is important, especially when these kitchens are active during the day. Many students are gathered in the cafeteria when the kitchens are most active.
Preparing Students and Staff
Another important school fire protection tip is to conduct fire drills often in which students and staff participate. Fire drills will show students what to do when they hear the fire alarm. When they know the drill, they will be less panicked. They will know who to follow, where to meet, and what not to bring. Students and staff should know the location of pull stations and all emergency exits. There should be maps located around the school that points to at least two exits. Account for kids with special needs and make sure they get the help they need. Lastly, know where your student roster is and check every student is present and accounted for.
Teach kids general fire safety practices to make sure they are safe at school and home. There are many resources available to everyone, including materials on the NFPA website. Do not just teach them about school fire protection. Ensure they have a well-rounded fire safety education. Teach kids what some common fire hazards are and how to avoid them. Emergency preparedness is an essential topic for young children to learn.
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