Have you ever been in a fire drill?
What did you learn from it? Do you will act different in a fire, because you were in a fire drill? Yes, no, why?
In school, we had fire drills all the time. Although I have never been in a real fire, I felt my experiences prepared me. Why? I have an innate sense of what to do in an emergency because I have been trained to respond proactively.
Really though, school fire drills are not the best ways to teach fire safety (but that's also not their intention).
At times, the local fire departments would set up fake houses and bring out their trucks to show us exactly what it would be like to be in a fire, hot door knobs and all. These experiences on the trucks and in their practice houses were the most useful.
Not since I was in school many years ago have I been in a fire drill. What we learned was to exit the building in orderly fashion (no panicking, no running, etc.) and to close doors which would help keep localized fire from spreading as fast. Since that time, I have learned more. Example: had there been smoke, then getting close to the floor where there is more oxygen would help. Also covering of the mouth and nose with fabric could help. If in a motel room...feel the door. If it is hot, stay in the room and put wet fabric along the underside of the door to keep smoke and fire from entering. Much more could be written about this topic! Good question.
I had been in so many fire drills.. in school, at work, in apartment buildings.
My recent experience was in my local library. Because we all knew it was just a fire drill, people were very calm. I, myself, collected all my belongings and was one of the last ones to get out. However, if it was a real fire, I would still collect my belongings but at super speed and get the heck out of there in hurry.
Why? Fear. During fire drills, there is no fear. Real fire, there is fear... fear of getting burn, fear of smoke inhalation, even fear of dying.
Many - I have worked in the medical field for decades and we have them every few months. What I learned is to have a plan. I also learned how to operate a fire extinguisher if need be.
have been in them and have given them... EVERYONE acts differently in a fire exept maybe children if it is their first drill. Everyone thinks slowly and rationally in a drill...
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