Bates College is required by the Maine State Fire Marshall and the Life Safety Code to conduct Fire and Evacuation Drills for every residential building. Bates EHS conducts and documents each drill every semester. The drills provide an opportunity to test alarm equipment, test student response, instruct students on proper actions and make safety related announcements. Items that are documented include:
- Building name and estimated number of participants
- Date, time and duration of the drill
- Observations of the drill based upon occupant actions
- After action discussion with building occupants
Instructions are posted inside every residential building room (except overflow housing) either on the entry door or next to the entry door. Information can also be provided by Residence Coordinators and Junior Advisors.
Subsequent drills test how well students have learned such things as where to assemble outside of the building, how to assist injured students during an evacuation, how to prevent the spread of smoke and fire by closing room doors as they leave and what to take with you to protect yourself or a neighbor who is in the shower when an alarm sounds in the colder months.