Fire & Security Alarm
Fire Drills, Evacuation & Fire Fighting Plans
- You should always try to know whether there is a manual or an automatic fire alarm system in the school or not.
- In case of a manual fire alarm, try to know whether it is easily accessible in case of emergency or not.
- The distance to any manually operated fire alarm should not be more than 200 feet. Try to know whether this direction is maintained in the respective school or not.
- There should be automatic smoke and fire detectors as well in each classroom.
- The smoke and fire detector should be clearly visible and unobstructed. See whether this direction is also maintained or not.
- The fire alarm and the automatic smoke and fire detector should be maintained properly and repaired from time to time so that it remains in operable condition always.
- Smoke and fire detectors should have adequate protections also from outside corrosive forces and tampering or interfering with the system should be prohibited.
- Check out, in case the alarm goes off, if it is clearly audible in all the floors or not.
- Ask for the details to see if testing of the equipment, their servicing and maintenance are properly done at regular intervals for the safety of all or not.
- Check out if there is an adequate plan for carrying out fire drills at regular intervals. This should be done in collaboration with the local fire fighting companies.
- In a fire drill all the occupants should be evacuated and check out if this one is followed in every drill or not.
- Each and every one of the teaching staffs should be trained about how to manage and help the students in case of emergencies.
- Also check out, if details of each and every fire drill are maintained properly. Details should include, date and time of the drill, weather particulars and also the number of the occupants that were evacuated.
- There should be an approved evacuation and fire safety plan. This plan should be handed over to everyone.
- The plan should contain in detail the procedures to evacuate in case of emergencies and also the details about the nearest exit and fire alarm system.
- The evacuation plan should also be posted in each of the floors for ready use.
- In the fire fighting plan there should be adequate guidance regarding recognizing signals and the routes for escaping.
- There should also be proper guidance instructing persons who should take the responsibility and remain to shut the fire alarm before evacuation.
- In the fire fighting plan there should be clear lists of possible smoke and fire hazards and the initial steps that can be taken or followed.
- Similarly, there should be clear instruction as to what material should not be accumulated that can cause fire and smoke.