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Fire Protection for Schools in Virginia

Posted on: February 17, 2017

Whether you’re a daycare manager, high school principal, or university director in Virginia, it’s your job to make sure your students and staff are safe at your school. You might be building a new facility or renovating your existing one. Either way, Guardian Fire Protection can help you implement code-compliant fire safety equipment and protocols.

Know Your Fire Risks

Across the US each year, about 5,690 educational buildings succumb to fire damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These fires injure 85 civilians and cause $92 million in property damage annually.

70% (4,000) of these fires start in high schools, half of which are caused by arsonists. The other most common causes of school fires include cooking equipment and accidents resulting from playing with fire.

Install Fire Protection Equipment in Virginia Schools

Every school in Virginia must feature specific fire protection equipment to help put out fires and keep building occupants safe. These include:

  • Fire extinguishers, so teachers and staff have the ability to douse small blazes before they can endanger life or property
  • Fire alarms to detect smoke and fire and alert everyone to evacuate immediately
  • Emergency lighting to facilitate a more orderly evacuation if the fire causes a power failure
  • Sprinkler systems to extinguish accidental or intentional blazes no matter when they occur

Train Teachers and Staff in Fire Safety Protocols

Make your school safer by teaching everyone who works there about proper fire safety protocols. To help prevent fires and ensure the best outcome if a blaze does break out, make sure your teachers and staff are familiar with:

  • How to use a fire extinguisher
  • Where the school’s fire extinguishers and pull stations are located
  • How to read evacuation route maps, which should be posted on all classroom walls and hallways
  • The importance of using the stairs instead of the elevator in a fire
  • The location of all emergency exits and the need to keep these routes unobstructed
  • Fire drill procedures, including watching over students and taking attendance

Arrange Fire Protection Services for Your School in Virginia

When you need fire protection equipment installed, turn to Guardian Fire Protection. We also inspect, repair, and replace equipment. With over 30 years of experience, you know you can trust us to deliver superior fire protection services for schools in Virginia!

Contact us online or call 301-861-0972 today to schedule services from a true fire safety professional.

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