School Fire Safety Tips for Kids
School is back in session and with so much going on, it can be easy to forget about priority safety measures like fire safety guidelines. As parents and teachers, it’s our job to teach and remind kids about the importance of fire safety. These kids are the future generation and must be taught the importance of preventing fires and protecting the well-being of everyone in school.
Be sure to review and practice these school fire safety tips with your kids to prevent any disasters, injuries, and other emergencies:
1. Stop, Drop, and Roll
To think of your clothes catching on fire is terrifying. The instinctual reaction for kids will be to run but panicking in this situation will only make matters worse as they will only be fanning the flames. The first response when clothes catch fire is to stop where they are, drop to the floor, and roll on the ground until the flames are out.
Let kids know that this practice smothers the flames and prevents air from reaching them. Ensure to practice this technique with them so they are familiar with what to do when the time comes.
2. Escape the Building
The smoke can be just as dangerous as the flames when trapped inside a building with a fire. In order to breathe, you need clean air, and inhaling smoke can be very dangerous. Educate children on how smoke rises, so the fresh air will always be closest to the ground. This is why kids should always be taught to crawl on their hands and knees when evacuating a burning building.
When approaching a closed door, they should never reach up and turn the handle as the fire may be on the other side. To ensure the other side is safe, feel the door with the back of your hand. If it’s warm, find another way out. If it’s cool, proceed to opening the door and crawl through, remaining low to the floor on the way out.
Kids should also know to never use the elevator as they can malfunction and trap kids inside during emergencies. If there is anyone trapped inside the elevator, tell them to inform an adult immediately.
3. Leave Behind Belongings
Many kids are attached to their possessions, like phones, especially at school because their items can be comforting to them. But they must know that sacrificing any time during an emergency to find them can be lethal.
Teach children that the first priority in any emergency is to evacuate the building immediately. If anyone is still in the building, they must inform an adult immediately.
4. Follow the School Fire Drill
If your child is unsure of what to do in the event of a fire drill, explain all of the tips on what to do:
- Teachers will let their students know that the fire drill will occur during the day.
- At the time of the drill, the fire alarm will go off, and all students must listen to given directions.
- Line up quickly, following the teacher outside.
- Stay with the class at all times and be present during roll call and head counts.
- Wait for the signal saying that everything is “all clear” and they can re-enter the classroom with the teacher and other students.
5. Playing with Fire
Painstakingly, children accidentally start about 50,000 fires each year in the United States, leading to around 11,000 building fires. To prevent these disasters, keep all matches and lighters out of children’s reach, preferably locked away in a hidden area. Teach your kids about the dangers of playing with fire and how everyone’s safety is put to risk when flames are not handled carefully.
6. Call 911
Teach your children how to call 911 during a fire or any emergency. If a building is on fire, a crime has been committed, or someone is having a medical emergency, the authorities can be contacted and will know how to proceed.
Also teach children that calling 911 should never be used as a prank, as it puts everyone else at risk.
Dealing with Fire Damage
Evacuating all teachers, students, and staff during a fire is imperative and should be considered the first priority in the event of a fire. After doing roll call, immediate action must be taken to extinguish the flames, which is why it’s important to call the fire department right away.
Once the flames have been extinguished, it can be traumatic to discover the amount of damage that has left the building in critical condition. Efforts should be taken right away to restore the building from fire damage as the smoke produced from the flames is still permeating throughout the halls and classrooms. Don’t hesitate to call a local fire damage restoration company immediately after the fire department has extinguished the flames.
Fire Damage Restoration
As the damage can still spread days after a fire, a fire damage restoration contractor must be called right away to restore the damage. Many are available 24/7 and will respond immediately with professional equipment and products to provide repairs, clean out the smoke and soot byproducts, and restore contents within the school like desks, school materials, chairs, computers, and other valuables.
Licensed and trained technicians will first address high priority tasks like boarding up windows and doors and stabilizing the building. They will then move forward to prevent the damage from spreading any further. After cleaning the smoke and soot from the property structure, any odors within porous materials will be removed using professional deodorizers.
After the restoration project, you can be sure that the school will provide a safe learning environment for all students again, allowing them to safely return to school after minimal interruption.