Safety Drills All School Children Should Know


The modern world is a dangerous world, made even more dangerous by the fact that groups of people gather daily in institutions and become targets for accidents and mishaps every day. Schools in particularly are highly at risk because of their occupants: children. Children rarely conform to authority and this becomes a nightmare when teachers have to shepherd them to safety. Thanks to all the possible accidents and dangers of modern school life, schools now insist on periodic safety drills. While most of them are similar to each other – run to safety – there are certain differences in each scenario that sets them apart.

School Fire

Hopefully the installed smoke alarms all around the school get activated and the sprinkler system comes on. If they don’t and you notice smoke or flames somewhere, go to the nearest fire alarm and trigger it (careful not to cut yourself when you break the glass). In a fire drill, every student should proceed in an orderly fashion to a pre arranged meeting point, usually outside of the school.

Teachers in charge of classes and home rooms should ensure that all their class children are present while older students should help with moving younger students to safety. Part of the drill should be a selected group of teachers and (possibly) oldest students checking the photoelectric smoke alarms NZ in case the alarm was tripped as a prank or it was a false alarm.

Earthquake Alert

In countries like Japan (and any other country along the East Pacific region) earthquakes are a frequent occurrence therefore earthquake drills are built into the school curriculum. Warnings are usually given early on by experts through the local news, but in case an earthquake occurs unexpectedly, children are taught to run to the clear in whatever state they are in; if you were swimming , then jump out and run to the playground in your swimwear. The important thing is to get clear of any falling hazards i.e. damaged buildings. If you are stuck inside and can’t get out, crawl under a chair or table to protect your head. Do not come out until the earthquake is over and the dust has settled. Do not try to scrabble your way out as that might trigger a landslide and cut you off even more.

Terror Attack Alert

As scary as it sounds, terrorist attacks are a reality in many countries around the world. Schools have to improvise when it comes to the safety of the children, and in countries where terrorist attacks are a very real possibility; the children are trained to hide themselves. Here the protocol is the opposite of fire and earthquakes where safety is going into the clear. During a terrorist attack, the children and teachers are to hide themselves in any way they can, and run out to safety only if they will not be seen by attackers. In case of an airborne attack, the evacuation is to be as organized and as swift as in a fire or earthquake situation.