Fire drills planned in first 10 days of school

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas residential students will participate in unannounced fire drills in each building sometime during the first 10 days of school, according to KU Student Housing Director Diana Robertson. The drills include residence halls, scholarship halls and Jayhawker Towers. The fire drills are conducted in compliance with regulations from the Kansas State Fire Marshal in accordance with the International Fire Code. The code requires two fire drills per building per semester in order to practice these life-saving measures.
The drills accomplish three goals:

  • They allow residents and staff to practice rapid, thorough evacuation processes.
  • They reinforce for students and staff the urgency of following safety procedures.
  • They offer an additional opportunity to test fire safety equipment.

Evacuation routes for all student rooms are posted on the back of each resident’s room door. Assembly areas are designated outside of each building. In the event of an unplanned alarm, emergency vehicles from KU Public Safety and the Lawrence-Douglas County Fire and Medical services are dispatched to the building. These agencies also give the “all clear” for residents to return to the building.