Have You Checked Your School’s Fire Extinguishers Lately? (@GSUSignal)

An interesting report worth emulating recently ran in The Signal at Georgia State University.  The paper confirmed that a quarter of the 7,000 fire extinguishers housed on GSU’s campus are past due.

As Signal staffer Tim Miller writes, “A spot check of fire extinguishers last week . . . in the parking garages and secluded areas of various buildings revealed expired extinguishers. . . . A more serious concern for administrators . . . is that students do not know where fire extinguishers are located or what to do in case of a fire.”

Bottom line: It’s time for a fire drill.

Questions for a Related Report

How many fire extinguishers are standing ready on your campus?  How much do they cost to purchase and maintain?  How, and how often, are they monitored?  By who? What for?  And of course, are any out of date?  If so, what does that mean exactly?  In a related sense, what other elements of fire safety are required by law to be supervised by your school?  How does the school fare in their supervision, according to outside fire safety officials?  How familiar are students with fire safety protocol– the location of extinguishers, emergency exits, proper evacuation procedures, etc.?  Do RAs and other student leaders receive related training?  And what is your school’s fire history?  What have been the most impacting blazes?  Are there regular false alarms or prank calls? How does campus safety interact with local firefighting squads?

Multimedia Options

1) An undercover video tour of fire extinguishers in various dorms, academic buildings, and parking garages, in part to determine their accessibility and whether any are past due.  2) A brief instructional video featuring a local firefighter explaining how to operate an extinguisher effectively.  3) A narrative photo slideshow mixing voices with headshots, centered on student responses to the question: In the event of a fire while you’re in class, what do you do?

Offbeat Option

Tell the story of a single extinguisher located on campus.  Using its unique ID code, document its journey from creation/assembly to purchase, placement, maintenance, and checks.  It provides a great grounding for a writ large look at these strange devices we pass by multiple times every day but never think twice about.

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