Fire Safety Tips for Schools


Almost a quarter of all school fires are started intentionally. Needless to say, implementing these security measures are vital:

  • Exterior lighting with timers, motion- or daylight- detection sensors.
  • Shrubbery and trees trimmed to keep areas around the building unobstructed.
  • Intrusion alarms on doors, windows, ventilator openings and roof hatches.
  • Trash receptacles stored away from buildings to reduce danger of fire. Locked metal lids for extra protection.
  • Encourage neighbors to alert school personnel to signs of vandalism.


Educating and preparing students for a fire emergency should be a priority.

  • Conduct expected and unexpected monthly fire drills in which everyone participates - make sure people are aware of what the fire alarm sounds like.
  • Inspect exits regularly to ensure stairways, doors and windows are unblocked and working properly.
  • Train students on how to respond to a fire alarm.
  • Know locations of the fire protection system, fire alarm pull stations and sprinklers.
  • Make sure every room has a map showing 2 exits.
  • Pair students with specific needs to an adult or classmate for extra assistance.
  • Have a predetermined location where students know to meet once they exit the building.
  • Order and speed should be maintained to ensure a safe exit from the school building.
  • Have a roster to ensure every student is accounted for.
  • At the end of the day unplug all electrical equipment.

College fire safety

On-campus precautions

  • Cook only in designated areas.
  • Keep cooking areas clean and free of clutter.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • In case of a fire inside a microwave, close the door and unplug the unit.

Campus lab precautions

  • Never leave lab experiments or pressure vessels unattended.
  • Keep flammable gases and chemicals away from heat.

Off-campus precautions

  • Be sure each bedroom has a working smoke alarm.
  • Make sure the building sprinkler system is well maintained.
  • Building heating and fire-prevention systems need to be checked annually by fire officials.

General precautions

  • Identify the 2 closest exits and all possible evacuation routes.
  • Know locations of fire alarms and how to use them.
  • Report vandalized fire equipment to campus security.

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