Fire Safety and Prevention in Dorms

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Fire Safety and Prevention in Dorms

By: Katherine Grabowski

Practice:-notify class of the evacuation plan -practice exiting the classroom and building in case of a fire-locate fire alarms and fire extinguishers-provide students with a pre-determined spot to meet once they exit the building -indetify two possible exits for studentsIf a real fire occurs:-Direct students to follow normal fire drill procedures (except if the principal alters the route or if the normal route is too dangerous)-Take class roster-Turn off lights, make sure all windows are shut, and turn off the lights-Once outside of the building, go through roster to account for all students and notify the designated person of one's classroom attendance Note: (If a student is missing, notify the principal immediately)-only use fire extinguishers if it does not put you, or anybody else in harm's way

Following these guidelines can reduce the chance of injury incase of fire:-Locate nearest exits and all possible escape routes- Identify where the fire alarm is and how to use it -Keep fire exit doors unlocked -Leave hallway doors unproped-Report any vandalized fire equipement to campus police ASAP-Keep dorm rooms clear of any flammable materials (tapestries, christmas lights, etc.)

Fire Safety and Prevention in Dorms and Schools

Basic Dorm Safety Procedures:

-Approximately 3,800 campus housing fires occur each year -According to the University Housing Fire Report, fires cause $26 million in property loss annually.-Fires are most common during the weekends -The top three causes of fires are cooking, smoking and candles

Facts About Dorm Room Fires

Most commonly banned, fire hazardous items in dorms: 1) Toaster ovens2) Hot plates3) Candles4) George Foreman Grills5) Halogen and lava lamps6) Incense7) Space heaters8) Tapestries9) Christmas lights10) Combustible material hung above the safety line 11) Smoking products (cigarettes, etc.)

-According to the NFPA, U.S. fire departments respond to an estimate of 5,690 fires at education buildings each year-About a quarter of fires at schools are started intentionally -93% of those fires (stated in the above statistic) were contained to their room of origin -The NFPA reported an average of 85 civilian injuries that occur every year in fires at educational facilities -Children face greater risk of injury or death from a fire, with the risk of children under five years of age almost doubling

Basic School Safety Procedures:

Facts About School Fires

School Fire Hazards:-more than 20% of each wall covered-any combustible material stored within 24 inches of the ceiling-any combustible material hung from ceilings-any combustible material within 3 foot radius of the classroom door-any combustible material within 3 feet from portable electric space heaters- extension cords and/or multi-plug adaptors used as a substitute for permanent wiring or connected together -fire alarms and/or extinguishers not clearly visible

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