Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Back-to-School Fire Safety Tips

With the summer season winding down, parents, children, and teachers alike must start thinking about the getting back into the classroom and the familiar routines that the school year holds.

Although schools are an extremely safe environment for students and teachers, fire safety within the premises should be taken seriously, as everyone should be prepared in the case that a real fire-related emergency should occur. Read on for a refresher on fire safety within the classroom setting.

Fire Safety for Parents and Students

Whether your child is heading to their first day of kindergarten or the first day of college, fire safety is an important conversation. Before the school year begins, take the opportunity to sit down with your child and discuss fire safety with your child or children. For young children, this is especially important, as the thought of a fire drill and actual emergency might be confusing for them. Be sure to explain exactly what a fire drill is, why they are important, and how your child should react.

First and foremost, educate and prepare your child for fire safety at home. Your child should know what to do in case of a fire, and have a general knowledge of exactly where fire safety equipment is within the home. Have monthly fire drills, and ensure that your child knows at least 2 safe ways to exit the home in case of a fire. By normalizing these fire drills within your home, your child will be better prepared for the real-world fire safety experiences that their school will regularly practice.

For college students packing up for dorms or new apartments nearby their school of choice, make sure that you and your family sit down to create a fire safety plan for your new residence, and make sure that the fire safety equipment is up to date and ready in case of an emergency.

Fire Safety for Educational Facilities

If you’re a teaching professional or staff member within a school, it is imperative that you are up-to-date with your school’s fire safety practices. By knowing exactly how to act in case of a fire-related emergency, you can educate parents and children on fire safety within your school, and be confident in your ability to help during fire drills and evacuations.

Some helpful tips for practicing fire safety within your school are:

  • Hold a fire drill at least once per month. Assess your school division's’ guidelines for how often your school should be practicing these drills.
  • Ensure that all staff members know the location of fire safety equipment such as extinguishers, alarms, and emergency exits. They should also know how to use these devices in case of an emergency.
  • Always have a roster of students handy in case of an emergency evacuation.
  • Discuss fire safety and fire drills regularly with students in the classroom, during assemblies, and after fire drills.

At Bison Fire Protection, we strive to create safe environments for schools and homes alike. With our superior fire safety equipment and knowledge, let us help you get ready for the back-to-school season by discussing your fire safety needs with us.

For more information or to schedule an appointment in Winnipeg, Kenora, Thompson, Regina, Saskatoon, or Brandon, contact us online or by calling 866-441-3473 today!

Posted by Rob Read at 3:38 PM

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