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Develop plans that indicate the primary and secondary routes for evacuation, locations of portable fire
extinguishers and manual fire alarm pull stations, and the locations of assembly areas outside the building. If
the building has elevators, instructions should state clearly that they are not to be used.
Monitor and maintain escape routes: keep them clear of obstructions; do not block, bar, or chain doors. Exit
doors must be unlocked when the building is occupied. Flammable materials should not be stored near or within any
part of the building used as an escape route.
Develop guidelines for safe, quick, and efficient evacuation. Develop a protocol to account for all students.
Alert the fire department if someone is unaccounted for and report where they were last seen.
Develop special provisions for persons with disabilities.
Develop a protocol for communicating with families.
Report Every Fire, Every Time, Any Size, Anywhere is a law designed to help fire districts work with their local school districts
to ensure the reporting of all school fires. Law requires that all fires in or
on school property be reported, regardless of the size of the fire.
Lights or heating devices must be UL® approved (a ‘heat lamp’ clamped to a cage or terrarium is not acceptable).
Limit the quantity of materials to a 24 x 32 inch space (about the size of two milk crates) per classroom.
Keep materials neat and remove them routinely.
Does not use exit hallways or corridors for storage or instructional purposes (no tables, desks, or chairs).
Use appropriate storage cabinets. Keep accumulated materials to a minimum. Materials provide fuel for fire.
Matches, lighters, & other open flames do not belong in the classroom.
Live fire demonstrations are prohibited except in properly equipped and designated science rooms.
Using special effects involving fire requires permission from a fire marshal.
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