Fire Safety In Schools
As kids, many of us participated in mandated fire drills — even sometimes rejoicing in them. When we were young, these fire drills meant extra time outside of the classroom, less time spent learning cursive, and fun visits from Sparky the Fire Dog. But the danger of fire hazards in school is a continued concern throughout the country.
In fact, according to a study from the NFPA:
- Most school fires occur during the day, especially around lunchtime
- Half of the fire in schools were intentionally started
- One-third of fires occur in school bathrooms
- Around 10 percent of fires begin in the kitchen or cafeteria
- For pre-schools, around 66 percent of fires occur between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.
It seems that there may be few truly fire-free places for students within their educational buildings. When we were little, we were all taught to STOP, DROP & ROLL. While this is still a proven method to put out a fire on the body, technology has advanced to a point that, with a professionally installed fire protection system, the spread of fire and physical harm from fires can be almost substantially decreased.
FIRE PROTECTION PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOLS
Fire Protection Systems
Alarms – Fire alarms are the first response system for Fire Safety in schools and alerting students, visitors, and faculty members of a fire or potential emergency.
Certified fire protection technicians, like our employees at State Systems, are able to properly test, maintain, and install fire alarm systems throughout an entire school building or campus. Fire safety regulations are set both state-wide and locally — it is important to make sure your school building is up to code and requirements for protecting the students inside.
Sprinklers – Fire sprinkler systems allow for 24-hour protection of educational buildings. Even if a fire starts during a holiday weekend or between semesters, properly inspected sprinklers and fire pumps are able to immediately respond when smoke or fire is detected. It is crucial for a professional fire protection company to test the pumps and piping connecting your fire sprinkler systems annually to ensure that the water pressure, pipe networking, and sprinkler nozzles will all work together effectively and efficiently in diffusing a fire.
Extinguishers – Portable fire extinguishers are an essential fire-fighting tool. Studies of fire incidents have revealed that in 80 percent cases, a fire extinguisher helped to successfully put out a fire – before it got out of control. In many school facilities and campuses, fire extinguishers may be in place but not clearly and consistently marked.
As much as a fourth-grade class may love their class pet goldfish Lucy, the classroom’s fire extinguisher does little good if it’s mounted behind Lucy’s tank. As a safety protocol, fire extinguishers should be consistently marked with a sign and mounted three feet above the ground. Teachers, aides, and classroom helpers should also be trained in how to properly use the tank — fifth-grader Johnny may be too small and not calm to be of much help.
Fire Protection Practices
Fire Evacuation Plan – To students, fire drills may seem like a break from the lesson plan, but they are crucial to conduct on a regular basis. Due to large buildings and changing class schedules, students and faculty should know the proper route to the nearest and safest exit from all points in the building. Scheduling fire evacuation plans monthly at different times of the day will provide everyone in the building with the best route to safety in the even that a fire does occur.
Official Procedures – The faculty and administrators should also become extremely familiar with the fire evacuation protocols. Although everything may go smoothly in the monthly fire drills, Mrs. Adams, who normally grabs the teacher roster and checklist, may be out sick the day a fire actually occurs. Will your administration know that every class made it out safely? School officials and faculty should be familiar with the chain of command to decrease commotion and chaos that often occurs during an emergency.
Fire Safety Training – The NFPA, and many local fire departments, offer fire training courses, webinars, conferences, video, and events. Just as an elementary education is the foundation for a child’s future career, knowledge and understanding of fire hazards and fire safety procedures are crucial to being prepared in the case that a fire emergency does occur.
Importance Of School Kitchen Fire Suppression Systems
Suppression systems come in many different size variants. Such a system is usually installed into the current hood of a kitchen. This gives the installation service providers the ability to adjust the size of the system and the amount of liquid fire suppressant readily available. While no two restaurants are exactly alike, most kitchens share similar traits, so having this kind of setup installed is not difficult and can be customized to fit the restaurant’s needs.
Employee safety is a priority for any employer. As a business owner, it is your job to provide the best product in the safest manner possible. Restaurant fire suppression systems allow you to do just that, while protecting your financial and real estate investments from fire damage.