Fire drill

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College students leave a dormitory at James Madison University, during a fire drill.

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.

Fire drills commonly take place in schools, colleges and public companies. In public transport such as cruise ships, it is called a muster drill.

Different ways of having fire drills[change | change source]

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.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. Fire Drills in Wisconsin Schools: an Opportunity for Excellence, John Andersen, Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter, November 2003

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