Use the following checklist to assess your school’s strengths and weaknesses in the fire safety and security of buildings and grounds. This checklist is provided for your convenience to help you prepare for the annual fire inspection of your school and maintain fire safety throughout the year. Please use this as a reference to help mitigate potential hazards.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF FIRE:
• Establish a fire safety plan.
• Evacuate students in immediate danger.
• Sound the alarm.
• Perform any fire drill duties assigned to you.
• Fight the fire with the proper equipment only if you are not putting yourself or anyone else in danger. DO NOT FIGHT the fire if it is spreading rapidly or blocking your exit. If you do not know how to use the fire equipment, leave the building immediately.
• Close room doors and hallway doors to prevent air movement and spread of smoke.
• DO NOT PANIC. Advise students that the fire plan is in operation and remain calm. Your confidence and judgment is extremely important and will prevent panic.
• Always take school fire drills seriously, and evacuate the school when the alarm sounds.
• Hold fire drills on a regular basis. Have the initial fire drill for the school year in early January/September depending on your school calendar.
• Ensure that school employees know how to evacuate their work areas and perform their fire drill duties in an emergency.
• Always sound the alarm at the first sign of smoke or fire.
• Be familiar with the location of the nearest fire alarm and extinguisher.
• Learn how to operate fire extinguishers, fire blankets and fire hoses.
• Store flammable liquids properly and dispense them from an approved safety container.
• Avoid storing incompatible chemicals next to each other as interaction may occur and cause a fire or explosion.
• Survey chemicals annually and discard any that are obsolete or show signs of decomposition.
• Order and store the minimum supply necessary.
• Clean up spills immediately.
• Repair all electrical hazards and avoid overloading outlets.
• Dispose of rubbish regularly and in a proper manner.
• Clearly mark the evacuation route on the school floor plan, and place it adjacent to the classroom door.
• Check electrical appliances and cords regularly, and disconnect appliances where practical.
• Keep all doorways clear.
• Dispose of rubbish daily.
• Protect all unused outlets in kindergarten and pre-school nurseries with safety plugs.
• Do not use candles or similar open flames in classrooms.
SPECIAL SUBJECT ROOMS/WORKSHOPS:
• Electrical outlets and frayed cords can cause burns and shock. Avoid overloading outlets and use approved extension cords only on a temporary basis.
• Secure compressed gas cylinders in an upright position. Avoid dropping, rolling or knocking them together.
• Never weld in areas where combustible material is stored.
• Keep work area clean and check daily for fire hazards.
• Provide suitable waste cans for disposal of oil soaked and paint rags.
• Use safety cans for storing and dispensing small amounts of flammable liquids.
• Ensure good ventilation for painting operations and a regular routine for cleaning up overspray residues. • Supply suitable and easily accessible fire extinguishers.
OFFICE AND STORAGE AREAS:
• Avoid overloading electrical outlets and keep wiring away from doorways, windows or under carpeting.
• Carefully store and handle cleaning compounds and polishes (they often give off flammable vapors).
• Ensure general order and cleanliness in storage rooms.
HALLS AND DOORWAYS:
• Identify exits with lighted exit signs and keep them unobstructed.
• Avoid wedging open hallway doors.
• Check emergency lighting every month to ensure it is in proper working order.
• Test fire doors regularly to make certain that the doors do not jam and that the hardware is not detached. • Restrict paper to bulletin boards and fasten at all corners. DO NOT exceed 20% of wall area.