Types of Fire Protection for Schools
When it comes to fire protection in schools, you will want to be prepared. From elementary schools to college campuses, a lot of young lives are at stake when a fire breaks out in a school.
Having the proper fire protection systems and fire safety measures in place can help your students stay safe if a fire occurs at school. Schools must have proper fire protection in place for the students, staff, and building to be protected.
Fires in schools can be extremely devastating. There are more than 4,000 fires at schools each and every year, according to a study by FEMA. And while fatalities are rare in these fires – partially owing to regular fire drills and fast responses from fire departments, they still cause 75 injuries per year, and more than $66 million in avoidable property loss.
The most common causes of school fires were cooking (42%), intentional action (24%), and heating (10%). In many cases (75%) the fire was confined to the place of origin – and didn’t spread throughout the rest of the school.
Keeping flammable objects safe, therefore, is incredibly important for the prevention of school fires, and to mitigate any potentially damaging effects.
That’s why a fire retardant spray is such an important product for modern schools. By using a fire retardant spray, vulnerable items and surfaces can be treated to resist the source of a flame or fire, making it less likely that the fire will spread throughout the building. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of school fire protection.
Fire Suppression – Fire Suppression systems may be needed in schools in kitchens, laboratories, and other places with special hazards. Commercial kitchen hoods are probably needed if your school has a cafeteria that is preparing large amounts of food. Many schools have labs with hazardous chemicals. These labs may need fire suppression systems to effectively extinguish a fire.
Fire Alarms – In order to alert students and staff of a fire in a school, a fire alarm system is needed. Fire alarms give people in the building time to get out safely by alerting them that there is a fire.
Fire Extinguishers – Having extinguishers throughout your school can help prevent small fires from spreading. If there is a small fire, having a fire extinguisher nearby can help save lives and prevent costly property damage.
Fire Retardant Sprays – Treating flammable material such as curtains, paper decor / posters, fabric flags etc., with a fire retardant spray can prevent combustion of these materials and provide additional fire protection in classrooms.
What Is Fire Retardant Spray?
A fire retardant spray is either a specialized formula that uses a unique chemical composition to reduce the susceptibility of a surface to catching flame. Usually, fire retardant sprays can be used on just about any surface, including textiles, wood, and even synthetic materials, to reduce the risk of fire.
Fire retardant spray works by increasing the temperature at which a specific type of material would catch flame. While it can’t prevent an intense fire from spreading altogether, it can increase the strength and reduce the flammability of many materials commonly found in schools.
In turn, this decreases the risk of the fire spreading beyond the point of origin, and also keeps teachers, students, and faculty safe by giving them more time to evacuate the area, and have firefighters respond.
How Should Fire Retardant Spray Be Used?
Fire retardant spray can be used on almost any material. However, it’s best to use fire retardant spray on items that are highly flammable, such as:
Window curtains and draperies
Classroom decorations made of flammable materials (paper, felt, cloth)
School stage curtains
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Teaching Fire Safety at School
Staff and students in your school should be educated on fire safety practices. Make sure that teachers are educated on how to use a fire extinguisher and the locations of fire extinguishers throughout the school. Teach your teaching staff the evacuation routes throughout the building and make sure they know the protocol for fire emergencies.
Make sure that teachers communicate to students what they should do if a fire occurs. Make sure that students know how to exit the building during a fire and post the evacuation routes in classrooms and throughout the school. Be sure to practice fire drills regularly so that students and staff know how to react during a fire.