Fire Drills in Schools

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Fire Drills in Schools

It is well acknowledged that teaching and safeguarding children from the hazards and stress that fire may bring is critical. For pupils, employees, volunteers, and visitors, schools must create a safe atmosphere. 


In the case of an emergency, careful planning, preparation, and frequent practice exercises are aimed to prepare staff to respond swiftly and calmly, to act in a coordinated and intelligent way, and to minimise the risk of injury to anyone present, especially children.

As a result, the London Fire Brigade has spent many years visiting local schools and educating youngsters about fire safety, visiting over 1000 schools and teaching over 100,000 students.

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It’s critical to form a local alliance between firemen, instructors, students, and parents to actively decrease the danger and effect of fire and associated traumas throughout the United Kingdom. In this article, we will take a look at why fire drills in schools are so important, what they include, how often they should be conducted, and some guidance on how you can create a safe environment for pupils, staff, and visitors alike.

Why Fire Drills are Important in Schools

Fire drills help young pupils get familiar with the procedure and recognise the importance of fire safety. This may aid with disorientation, panic, and other erratic behaviour.

Regularly conducting fire drills in schools may help to:

  • Remind pupils about the sound of a fire alarm.
  • Your school’s safety protocol should be put to the test.
  • Allow responsible individuals to put their skills to the test.
  • Evaluate how soon students can leave the school.
  • Personal emergency evacuation preparations should be put to the test.
  • Identify locations where individuals may not be aware of alarms or warnings.
  • Make sure there are no obstacles in the way of emergency routes and exits.

    Both staff and pupils should participate in the fire drill and be familiar with the school’s evacuation routes and meeting spots.


School Fire Drill Procedures

In the event of a fire, a fire drill procedure can help make sure that pupils, staff, and visitors can escape to safety promptly and efficiently.

Communicate with the person(s) in charge or the fire marshal (s). A meeting with local emergency personnel to review best practices for fire protocols and evacuation routes is a good idea.

Form a safety group. Create a safety team comprised of teachers from each school department who will serve as safety team members, responsible persons, or fire marshals. For additional information on fire marshal training, see here.

Make a plan for evacuation and talk about it. Throughout the building, construct documented evacuation routes, evacuation checklist, and post-evacuation maps. Before executing the first exercise, provide each employee a copy of the evacuation route.

Alter the scenario for the fire drill. To help pupils know their evacuation route and alternate routes in the case of a real emergency. You should encourage students to take alternative routes in case of a real incident where routes could be blocked or obstructed in the event of a fire.

How Many Fire Drills are Required By Law in Schools?


The primary purpose of a fire drill is to keep students and personnel in the school safe and under control, and not to make any mistakes during an evacuation. As a result, you should practice a fire drill every six months. In order for a fire drill to be successful, chosen persons should be appointed to serve as the responsible person(s) in the event of an emergency.

You should also hold a fire drill at the beginning of each school term to prepare for new students and staff, and retain all records of the exercise as part of the school’s fire safety plan.


How Teachers Can Help Pupils

Assert a feeling of security and control. Appropriate staff and student training ensures that everyone is well-prepared and feels secure in the event of an emergency.

Keep an eye out for pupils who may be at risk. In a drill situation, pupils who have suffered trauma may be susceptible and display indications of agitation.

Put things in perspective. Make sure pupils understand that transferring from one site to another is done in a way that ensures everyone’s safety.

Return to your regular routine. Once the exercise has been contained or resolved, focus on returning to regular classroom and school activities.

Encourage coping skills. Encourage pupils to think of activities they can do to feel better, such as conversing with friends, playing games, and completing quizzes.

School Fire Drill & Fire Safety Checklist

  • Each drill should be performed at a different time.
  • Put your school’s safety policy to the test.
  • Two times a year, conduct a fire drill.
  • Has a copy of the approved fire safety plan been sent to everyone in the school?
  • Is there a smoke or heat detector in every classroom?
  • Request that members of the staff take notes.
  • People’s knowledge of escape routes is put to the test.
  • In the natural exit access channels, are there manual fire alarm boxes?
  • People’s knowledge of alarm locations is put to the test.
  • Ascertain that all staff members are aware of how to assist pupils in evacuating.
  • Ascertain that the person(s) in charge are doing their responsibilities.
  • Ascertain that everyone is aware of what has to be reported.

Fire Drills for Schools; Questions To Ask

Q: What’s the harm in talking during a fire drill?
A: You shouldn’t talk during a fire drill so that you and everyone can hear instructions or somebody calling for help.

How will you know that it is the fire alarm and not the school bell?
A: The fire alarm will be louder and will sound different.

Q: What does the green sign with a running person mean?

A: This green sign shows the direction of the nearest exit.


Q: Why shouldn’t you run as soon as you get out of school?

A: You shouldn’t run because it can cause an accident such as tripping or falling.


Q: Will the fire brigade turn up during a fire drill?

A: The fire brigade will only turn up for a real fire when someone calls 999.


Q: Why do we need a fire drill if there is not a real fire?

A: We need fire drills to practice so that we know what to do in the event of a fire.


Q: Why should you tuck your chair under the table when leaving your desk?

A: If you do not tuck your chair under the table, it will cause an obstruction for others to safely leave the classroom.


It is impossible to overestimate the importance of fire safety in schools. All schools must provide a safe environment for both staff and students, as well as visitors. As a result, fire drills must be held every six months. It’s also a good idea to check into some fire training programs to assist eliminate hazards and ensure the effectiveness of your school’s fire safety strategy.

We help to protect a high number of schools throughout the UK and are more than happy to have a chat to see how we can help you or to answer any questions you may have. 

You can send us a message or give us a call on 0800 999 11 25. In the meantime, why not check out our fire safety resource centre where you can find downloadable checklists, posters, educational projects, quizzes, and more. 

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