Fire Drill Procedures

The Center schedules monthly fire drills at different times of day to familiarize staff and children with appropriate procedures. State licensing mandates monthly fire drills. Staff are notified of drills held early in the year in advance and are encouraged to use their judgment as to whether to let children know and how much advance notice to give them. Some children are terrified of the loud fire alarm and need to be introduced to fire drills gently.

Please make sure that your teaching team designates people to carry out responsibilities related to fire drills. Staff who are on break are expected to participate in fire drills. They are asked to check first to see if the Toddler room needs help, and then to help in other programs.

Red fire alarms are located near ALL exits. Be sure that you know how to pull the fire
alarm. Fire extinguishers are located

  • On the front hallway wall near parent mailboxes
  • In the kitchen on the left side of the refrigerator
  • In the upstairs conference room
  • In the library/room between the Early Preschool and kitchen.

Please familiarize yourself with the location and use of extinguishers.

In Case of a Fire Drill/Fire

  • Take the attendance sheet posted on the parent sign-in board
  • Exit children quickly through your fire door (make sure doors to room are closed)
  • Toddler Room: take the children out the room rear door and walk them to the sidewalk in front of the Center (keeping out of the driveway). Follow this procedure also if the children are on the Toddler playground.
  • Early Preschool: exit children through the playground door and out the sandbox gate and walk them to the sidewalk in front of the Center (keeping out of the driveway). Follow this procedure also if the children are on the playground.
  • Preschool: exit children through the side door closest to the driveway and walk them on the grass toward the sidewalk in front of the building. If the children are on the playground, exit through the double gates and walk across the parking lot to the small hill behind the dumpster.
  • PreK: exit children through the door closest to the driveway and walk them on the grass toward the sidewalk in front of the building. If the children are on the playground, exit through the double gates and walk across the parking lot to the small hill behind the dumpster.
  • When all children are outside, immediately check attendance and compare it to the attendance sheet.
  • Do not re-enter the building until clearance is given by the Fire Department. No one may remain inside the building, upstairs or downstairs, during a fire drill.

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