Windows with bars must be operable from the inside. Dorm room doors can play a major role in surviving fires. Dormitory sleeping room doors have self-closing hardware. This is to keep the smoke and fire gases from entering the dorm room.
After the presentation, we handed out Cinnaminson Fire Department lanyards for all of the seniors for both schools. I explained to the students they should put their dorm room key on the lanyard and keep it next to their bed. If they are able to make it into the hallway but then have to return because conditions worsen they will need their dorm room keys to get back in. When the fire alarm goes off they must get dressed, grab their dorm room keys, and feel the door for heat before opening. If there is no heat you must crawl low and find the closest and safest exit to leave the building. The main exit, although used every day, may not be the safest way out of a fire. Throughout the presentation we learned that several students including Shawn and Alvaro did not remember their second exit. They crawled through extreme heat and smoke to make it through the main exit. They explained if they had went to the second exit, although they would have been in some smoke, they would not have been burned as badly.
Shawn and Alvaro spoke about several topics throughout the presentation that include fire alarms, sprinkler systems, escape plans, and the effects of pranks. They also discuss overcoming adversity – the physical, mental, and emotional toll faced during trying times and more. Fire safety procedures must be exercised throughout our lives not just when we are children learning stop, drop, and roll. Always know your surroundings and how to get back out. Look for second exits, sprinkler systems, fire alarms, and if the building has a compliance certificate from the university. There are so many decisions to make about moving away to college; put life safety at the top of the list.