PRO/CON: Should we have fire drills in high school?


We should have fire drills

I think that we should have fire drills once a year, and we should have an escape plan for every class. Students have different classes, so everyone should know how to have an escape route for every building in case of a fire. Not all teachers are going to go the same way during a fire or fire drill, so having a drill is a better way to keep students safer and out of danger.

“We should have fire drills because all we need is one mistake for someone to get hurt,” said science teacher Mrs. Whiffen.

By Daisy Aguilar

We don’t need fire drills

I think we shouldn’t have fire drills because we already had them during elementary school. Also, we should be mature enough to  handle the situation. We already had a lot of practice with fire drills in high school, so we don’t need  to relearn  what we did for eight years. We are not foolish children any more.

“We shouldn’t have fire drills because we’re old enough to know what is going on and how to handle the situation,” said student Valentine Casarez.

By Ruby Rivera

Fire Stories in the News

In August 2005,  a passenger jet in Toronto, Canada, had a fiery crash and all 309 people aboard survived. On August 5, 2005, the Washington Post reported, “The fire-retardant material now required in aircraft cabins may have helped slow the spread of flames and smoke, enabling all crew members and passengers to escape.” The plane was subject to “new regulations requiring fire-retardant treatment of seat cushions, carpet and other materials…”

A December 2009 report, commissioned in the U.K. by the Consumer and Competition Policy Directorate of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), examined the effectiveness of that nation’s flammability standards for furniture and furnishings (F&F). F&F products sold in the U.K. must meet three specific tests: cigarette ignition, match ignition, and ignitability of flaming sources. The ability of these products to meet flammability standards typically requires the use of flame retardants. An analysis of recent fire data offered a strong endorsement of the regulations and the use of flame retardants they require. The report found: “Both the number and lethality of F&F fires rose before the introduction of the regulations and fell afterwards.” According to BIS, “the reduction in the rate and lethality of F&F fires was estimated to equate to 54 lives saved per year, 780 fewer casualties per year and 1065 fewer fires per year in the period 2003-2007

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