Fire Code, Safety, Prevention in NYC Schools
Fire drills in schools are imperative. Part of surviving the life-threatening crisis of a fire is to have a calm, orderly exit from a building. Knowing where the fire exits are and having a routine established will greatly increase the chances everyone exits safely. Nothing is more than important than teachers and staff remaining calm, especially with elementary school children, and a familiarized exit strategy.
The 5 most important things to remember for elementary and pre-school children for fire safety are:
Rosters should be used to make sure each child has exited safely.
- All members of a school’s staff should be cognizant of the fire sprinkler system, pull stations, and all other fire prevention and safety procedures.
A map should be posted in every room or area of the school which illustrated the multiple, obstruction-free exit possibilities.
- Practice makes perfect. Monthly fire drills should be run with school children. Songs to solidify exit strategies and fire safety procedures are a fun and effective way to familiarize children with the step-by-step precautions.
- Stay calm. Administrators, teachers, and staff will set the tone for emergency situations. Calm, attentive staff member will encourage the children to be calm and attentive during emergencies in which their full attention and cooperation is required.