Kids and SCHOOL SAFETY

Accidents, Fires and other danger threats are a reality in life and to be prepared for them becomes a priority for any one in a crowded environment. Even more so in a school where by’ rule of thumb’, the average age is low. Adults have the advantage of time and experience on their side, but what about the kids? They have only the adults to turn to.

Being aware of School Safety, and the dangers and hazards that could possibly happen in any school is of prime importance.

Since the natural first reaction is to panic! It is the worst thing that can happen!

Imagine a hall full of youngsters going in all directions at once trying to do the right thing. The chaos will possibly cause more damage than the actual cause of the alarm.

Getting out of the danger zone is the first priority, therefore School safety starts with the first habit –

Inculcate in the young minds

  • “Do Not Panic” followed by
  • “Get out of there in an orderly fashion” and finally
  • “What’s to be done once out of the danger zone”.

By this stage, the authorities will be there to take over and guide the youngsters to refuge.

Going step-by-step, let’s start with:

  1. 1.       “Don’t Panic”

The root of Panic is ‘ignorance’. Ignorance to the effect caused by alarm. This cause can be Fire, Threat, Gas Leak, Collapse or something similar. The primary concern for all involved is to get out of there. Basically knowing where the exits are located and the shortest route to them. A floor map in a prominent location is a great help in achieving this. Just this knowledge will be a calming saviour.

  1. 2.       “Get out of there in an orderly fashion”

Once you now know the route. Chaos can cause a human traffic jam and the inability to move fuels the feeling of panic. Evacuation drills, practiced regularly is the only answer to this situation. Who has to move towards which exit; which room leads and the sequence for the remaining rooms of that floor follows. Down the hallway or stairways is another area for converging flows to merge and therefore again break the flow. Again, sequencing will provide the answer. Turning to the experts in the fire department will give you the right method to follow and get all out to safety.

  1. “What’s to be done once out of the danger zone”.

Successful execution of the earlier stages will have got everyone out of the danger zone. Once out in the open, and the immediate threat of injury seemingly past, the adrenalin rush subsides and people tend to get lax (therefore careless), since all the people from the danger zone are out of immediate danger. Here the rescue services take priority and they should direct the operations since they have the responsibility to cater to and treat those not so lucky to come out unhurt. Give them the room to do their jobs, and even if it means assembling out in the rain, as the covered/protected areas are more vital for the treatment of those in need of it.

 

IMPORTANT: The most important person to be saved is you. Only after you are sure of your safety, should you try and be a hero and save others. It might sound selfish, but imagine that while trying to save someone, both of you get trapped. The only thing that happens is that the number of those hurt GOES UP BY ONE!. This need not happen.

If each one takes care then the need for GOING UP BY ONE does not arise.

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