School Safety Tips

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Emergencies happen all the time. The scariest part is that they happen unexpectedly, so you never know when one will occur. Therefore, the best advice we can give you is to always be prepared. Here are some tips for being prepared for an emergency.

Pay attention during any drills that your school has set up. Schools run drills often, so you should already know what to do in these kinds of emergencies. If you have paid attention, you know which route you and your class will take to exit the building to get to safety. Make sure to always stay with your class and if you get separated, find another class and exit safely with them. Alert a staff member immediately of your whereabouts, quickly find your class, and let your teacher know you are okay. Make sure to listen to instructions given by your teachers or by the staff. They know what to do and will guide you to safety.

The most important thing is to stay calm. Do not scramble to get out of the school, as it may not be safe. Calmly, quietly, and quickly follow the instructions that your teacher gives you. When in a real emergency, you may want to panic, but staying calm is the key here. If you stay calm, you will be way safer.

For different types of emergencies, the procedures will be different. For example, in a fire, the fire alarm will go off, and you will exit the building immediately when told to do so with your class, just like you do in drills. In an earthquake, there will be no alarm or announcement like there are in drills. You will feel the shaking you should go under a table, hold onto it, and cover your head and neck. Face away from any windows. If there is nothing to go under, drop down near a wall and cover your head and neck.  If you are outside, move to an open space, away from all windows, buildings, trees, or anything that could hit you. When the shaking stops and when it looks safe, stay where you are and a staff member will lead you outside to safety.

If you follow these safety tips, you decrease the risk of something bad happening to you and those around you. Although emergencies do not happen very often, you always want to be prepared. For more information on staying safe, check out the links below. Stay safe, Falcons!