A fire drill is a practice event, where people leave a building. They are practicing what they would do if there was a fire in the building. The event is started when a fire alarm is turned on. When everybody is out, the teachers count the people outside to find out if anyone is missing. Sometimes, people set off the fire alarm when there is not actually a fire or a scheduled fire drill. This is called a false alarm. It is against the law to set off a fire alarm for no reason.
In the United Kingdom, the law says that all schools must do a fire drill once per school year, and recommends they do one every term. In the United States, different states have laws that say how often schools must have fire drills. For example, in many states, schools must have one fire drill per month.
Different ways of having fire drills [change]
During fire drills, some schools block exits with a piece of cardboard or something else that is supposed to stand for a fire. This makes people practice finding another way out of the building.
- Fire Drills in Wisconsin Schools: an Opportunity for Excellence, John Andersen, Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter, November 2003