In 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 5,690 structure fires in educational properties, annually. These fires caused an annual average of 85 civilian fire injuries and $92 million in direct property damage. School fire drills are a model for students to use in their homes.

Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association   #safetypreventsdanger

  • Fire drills must be held at least once a month while school is in session.
  • All school staff must inspect all exits daily to ensure stairways, doors and other exits are working and unblocked.
  • On the day of the drill, the emergency drill alarm should be sounded on the school fire alarm system.  Make sure that everyone can recognize the sound of the alarm and knows what to do when it sounds.
  • All staff should be able to locate and know how to operate the fire alarm pull stations and fire extinguishers.
  • Every room in the school should have a map posted identifying two ways out. In schools with open floor plans, exit paths should be obvious and kept free of obstruction.
  • On the day of the fire drill, identify students who may require extra assistance.
  • Students with specific needs should be assigned an adult or a student buddy to assist them.
  • When exiting the building…Order is more important than speed when it comes to conducting a safe fire drill.
  • After exiting the building, everyone should remain outside at a predetermined location until the ‘all clear’ has been given to reenter the school.
  • Use rosters to ensure that every student is accounted for.
  • School fire drills are a model for students to use in their homes. Encourage students to practice their escape plans at home—just as they do at school.

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