St Mary’s NS, Saggart
Fire Drill and Evacuation Policy
This is the first draft of the school fire drill/evacuation policy which has been formulated through whole staff consultation in response to changing circumstances in the school.
This policy aims to:
- Enable the school to provide for the immediate needs of students, staff and visitors in the event of a fire.
- Have in place appropriate safety procedures which comply with the Health, Safety and Welfare at Work Act.
- Ensure a safe school environment for all.
The school is committed to the care of the whole school community and the provision of a dafe and secure environment for learning. This policy is in keeping with those ideals.
- To utilise outside agencies (local fire station/fire officer) for school visits, so as to enhance safety procedures.
- To develop a tried and trusted framework which will ensure the safety of all school personnel in the event of a fire.
Fire extinguishers and fire blankets are checked on a yearly basis by a local Fire Company. Smoke detectors and a fire alarm have been installed.
In the event of a fire the following steps will be taken. (The same procedures will be used for the fire drills)
- The fire alarm activates. The Principal calls the Fire Brigade.
- In all classrooms/resource areas the children all stand up, push their chairs back under their tables, and calmly walk to the door in single file. Children should not take bags or books with them.
- Each teacher takes their class list of his/her own individual class.
- Each teacher closes the classroom door and windows when leaving the room.
- All teachers must check the class toilets before vacating the room.
- The fire assembly point is on the church car park. Each class has an allocated station.
- Each class lines up in an orderly manner. Children must remain quiet.
- Each teacher calls the roll for his/her own class on reaching the fire assembly point.
- Pupils return to the school premises only when the all clear has been given.
- Fire drill is carried out no less than once a year but ideally once a term.
- Pupils who are attending LSRT teachers at the time of a fire drill join their own classes.
- Teachers confirm that all children are present/not present and accounted for to the following teachers.
- JI and SI – Mrs Morris
- 1st and 2nd Classes – Ms Coughlan
- 3rd and 4th Class – Ms Patten
- 5th and 6th Classes – Ms Ward
- Lighthouse – Ms Joyce
- Mrs Morris, Mrs Coughlan, Ms Patten, Ms Ward and Mrs Joyce to confirm to Mrs Nowlan that all children are accounted for.
Roles and Responsibilities
All teachers are responsible for the safety and well-being of the pupils in their care. The Deputy Principal has the overall responsibility for ensuring proper procedures are in place.
- Positive feedback from all stakeholders.
- Maintaining safety standards.
- Achieving a co-ordinated and orderly evacuation in the shortest time possible.
- Yearly reviews.
Fire drills have been in operation in the school for a number of years. This policy takes effect from November 2015.
The policy was ratified by the Board of Management in February 2016. It will soon be available on the school website.
- Fire safety in the home – National Safety Council
- Fire safety in the school – National Safety Council
Ratified by Board of Management on ______________________
Chairperson, Board of Management