Fire Safety, Emergency Evacuation, and Fire Extinguisher Use:
Fires can happen at any time. That is why it is important to know:
what to do when a fire starts
when and how to fight it
and when not to.
This program will provide participants with the basic information they need to react safely in a potentially dangerous situation.
The primary role of Safety Captains is to facilitate the evacuation of occupants from the floor during a fire alarm. Safety Captains are on the front lines of emergency response when a fire occurs. Their quick actions, clear thinking and calm leadership are vital to ensuring the safety of building occupants during a fire emergency. Safety Captains should be chosen with these considerations in mind. Safety Captain duties and responsibilities are not limited to only fire emergencies.
Evacuation Assistants: for persons with Limited Mobility
- A person with limited mobility may choose to have a plan developed by the Fire Safety Division in which volunteers from their area can be trained in the proper techniques to use while assisting persons with limited mobility to evacuate a building during emergencies.
Mobility Impaired - Wheelchair
- Persons using wheelchairs should stay in place, or move to an area of refuge with their assistant when the alarm sounds. The evacuation assistant should then proceed to the evacuation assembly point outside the building and tell the University Police or the responding fire officials the location of the person with a disability. If the person with a disability is alone, he/she should phone emergency services at 911 with their present location and the area of refuge to which he/she is headed to.
- If the stair landing is chosen as the area of refuge, please note that many campus buildings have relatively small stair landing, and wheelchair users are advised to wait until the heavy traffic has passed before entering the stairway.
- Stairway evacuation of wheelchair users should be conducted by trained professionals (i.e. the fire department of other trained emergency responders). Only in situations of extreme danger should untrained people attempt to evacuate wheelchair users. Moving a wheelchair down the stairs is never safe.
Mobility Impaired - Non-Wheelchair
- Persons with mobility limitations, who are able to walk independently, may be able to negotiate stairs in an emergency with minor assistance. If danger is imminent, the individual should wait until the heavy traffic has cleared before attempting the stairs. If there is no immediate danger (detectable smoke, fire, or unusual odor), the person with physical limitations may choose to stay in the building, using the other options, until emergency personnel arrive and determine if evacuation is necessary.
Child Care Professional Fire Safety Course
The Child Care Professional Fire Safety Course developed by the Georgia State Fire Marshal's Office is designed to provide a child care professional working with preschool children in "group day care" and "day care centers" basic information about fire safety so they may provide the occupants of their facility with at least a minimum level of protection from fire and the potential risks associated with fire. Upon completion of this course, the participants will be issued a Day Care Professional Certificate from the Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office that is valid for three (3) years. The Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner's Office mandates that all employees of "group day care home" and "day care centers" have this training within 90 days of employment and have a renewal course every three (3) years.