As a mother, I worry about the safety of my family especially when they are outside the confines of our home. My youngest son is still a student, so he spends most of his waking moments in school and away from me. When he enrolled in his high school, the first thing I asked if the school had fire alarms. I know it sounds crazy, but you can’t blame me. A fire can take place at any place even if there are systems in place such as smoke detectors and water sprinklers. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to review the emergency preparation plans in schools (or anywhere else for that matter).
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Fire disaster preparation plan involves two things – information and delegation. For instance, the first thing a student should do is look for manuals or any signage that point where the nearest fire exits in the school buildings are. These signs are often posted at the back of classroom doors. Faculty and staff should make it a point to discuss everything related to fire emergency preparation plans including exercise of improvements where needed. Once a well thought of plan has been reached, this must be explained to the students.
It’s best to make the students aware of the gravity of these plans. These aren’t things that can be taken lightly. The school must see to it that these are firmly stressed because this could mean a matter of life or death to everyone when this happens. The school should conduct regular fire drills. Groups of people must be delegated when there’s a need to evacuate the school building. A member of the staff or faculty should collaborate with a student and be put in charge of fire extinguishers, making sure that these are placed in appropriate hallways and in the classrooms.
Finally, the head of the school should assign an assembly point where everyone evacuated from the school building should meet so everyone can be accounted for. Everyone should wait until inspection is done and someone with higher authority issues the order that it is safe to go back inside. Everyone should be well informed of the fire emergency preparation plan since this is the only way to get out of a dangerous situation.