The sun is out, the air smells like sunscreen and … summer school!
School buildings provide an important space for youth and educators, so there is great risk if there is no evacuation plan in place.
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There are other outlier factors that need to be considered while creating a solid evacuation plan. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides some startling facts about fires that start in school buildings:
- “School fires most often originated in a lavatory or locker room
- Fires that were intentionally set were the leading cause of school fires, accounting for almost two of every five fires
- Two-thirds of school fires occurred between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- In 2014-2018, the U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated average of 3,230 structure fires in schools each year
- These fires caused annual averages of one civilian death, 39 civilian injuries, and $37 million in direct property damage.”
Since most fires start in locker rooms and bathrooms, the evacuation plan must be centered around those geographical locations. This will look different for each educational building based on the layout of the property.
Draw a Floor Plan
When making a blueprint of the building, highlight exits and other fire safety tools (think fire hoses, extinguishers, and emergency phones). Make sure all staff know this plan inside and out, so in case of an emergency everyone’s prepared with the evacuation plan.
Cluing in students at an educational facility is also important to successfully follow through an evacuation plan. Assemblies and test fire alarms are a great way to start.
Another option is to have posters around the educational building with reminders of fire safety tips and what to do in an evacuation. Some of these may include:
- Don’t use the elevator, always choose the stairs
- Never go back into the building unless given permission by authorities
- Call 911 as soon as possible
- Always leave through the nearest exit
- Leave your personal items behind
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