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Monday, May 01, 2006

Dealing with fires

School fires can be caused by arson, the improper handling and storage of flammable liquids, overloaded electrical outlets or an accumulation of rubbish. In any fire, school staff must follow the school’s fire safety plan and perform the following tasks:

* Evacuate students in immediate danger
* Sound the alarm
* Fight the fire with proper equipment while remaining free from danger
* Do not the fight the fire if it is spreading rapidly or blocking exit
* Close room doors and hallway doors to prevent air movement and the spread of smoke
* Do not panic. Advise students that the fire plan is in operation and remain calm. Staff confidence and judgment is extremely important and will prevent panic