School is a very fire-safe place to be. Schools conduct fire drills several times a year to be sure everyone in the building knows how to get outside quickly and quietly. A school fire drill may be scheduled and announced in advance so that children can dress appropriately. The element of surprise is not important to practicing the school fire drill. School fire drills must be taken seriously – everyone in the building must participate. Sometimes a school official or the fire department might place a sign in the corridor that reads “smoke”. When the class reaches the sign, they should turn around and use a second way out. It is important to have two ways out of the school. Involve your local fire department in fire drill planning for your school.
Students should know the sound of the fire alarm and respond immediately. Stop everything. Listen for instructions. Go quickly and quietly out of the classroom to the assigned meeting place outside the school for roll call.
Children should respond to the fire alarm no matter where they are in the school. If a child is alone in the media center or bathroom when the alarm sounds, he/she should follow other students outside and report to a trusted teacher or principal to let them know he/she is safe. The teacher or principal will help the child find his or her teacher and classmates.