Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Fire Protection for Different School Types

Bison Fire's School Fire Protection

Fire safety in schools has become a norm. Fire and evacuation skills are practiced regularly, and even young students are well aware of the dangers a fire-related emergency possess. But just as the needs of students range vastly between age groups, so does the information and accessibility of fire protection and suppression equipment.

Whether you’re a principal of an elementary school or superintendant of an entire division, your knowledge of the necessary fire protection systems can help you stay prepared for the event of a fire-related emergency.

1.  Have the Right Fire Protection Equipment Installed in Your School

Like in many commercial and public spaces, an adequate fire protection and suppression system is critical for the safety of the space. Complete with suppressive sprinklers, emergency lighting, and emergency pull stations, the fire protection equipment in your school is what helps alert students and staff of a potential fire-related emergency, as well as defends the integrity of the building during a true emergency situation.

Along with up to date fire protection systems that are regularly inspected and services by a local fire safety equipment service provider, accessible fire extinguishers should be in place around the school as defined by your local fire code. These can help extinguish small fires in areas of the school that are likely to experience a fire, such as the cafeteria or staff kitchen.

2. Fire Risks and Protection for Different Schools

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has found that almost 30% of all fire-related emergencies in educational facilities start in either the locker room or bathroom, with 20% of fires starting in a cooking area of the school. Of course, the needs and uses of individual schools vary greatly, meaning that the fire protection needs will be different between facilities.

It’s vital that each school identify its most likely risks and install the appropriate fire protection and suppression systems accordingly.

  • Elementary schools: Practice regular fire drills and evacuation drills with the children, and keep fire safety as a central discussion point throughout the year.
  • High schools: Practice regular fire and evacuation drills, making sure that all information is posted in accessible areas. These students should be taught how to effectively use a fire extinguisher, along with where the manual pull stations are located throughout the school.
  • Higher education facilities: At higher education facilities, make a point of showing students where fire safety-related information is throughout the school, as well as the location of manual fire extinguishers.

In educational facilities, the NFPA found that the leading cause of fires in educational facilities were those that were intentionally set, with almost two out of five fires at school centres being set on purpose.

3. Keep Students and Staff Well-Informed of Fire Safety Procedures

Part of limiting the occurrence of fires that are set intentionally or unintentionally is keeping both staff and students educated on fire safety and risks. Make sure all staff are trained on how to use a fire extinguisher most effectively, and keep them in accessible, obstruction-free areas.

In addition, regular fire drills and fire safety discussions amongst students and staff can help students identify fire pull stations, evacuation routes, and how to leave a building safely during fire-related emergencies.

Bison Fire Protection is available for regular maintenance and inspection of your school’s fire safety equipment in Winnipeg, Brandon, Thompson, Kenora, Regina, and Saskatoon. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 866-441-3473 or find us online today.

Posted by Rob Read at 9:17 AM


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