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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    Have pitty and tell me what that is in Fahrenheit, pretty please
    ETA - According to Google that is -4, which is still pretty darn cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    We had a fire alarm go off the other day at work. I admit it, I grabbed my coat & purse before evacuating, and I doubt that extra two seconds would make any difference in a real life fire. Tiven had a fire drill at school a couple of weeks ago on one of our really cold days (maybe 40, you Canadians are probably ROFL about that!) and she said all the kids were shivering but the teachers had put their coats on. Since then, she's left her coat on the back of her chair instead of in her cubbie. In a real emergency, the kids are supposed to be walked over to a nearby school to wait in their cafeteria, or if that's not possible, to an even closer church to wait in their hall. I think being stuck outside in -20 degrees for 15 or 20 minutes *would* be considered an emergency in any other circumstance, and the kids should have been taken to safety. I'd raise hell with the principal.
    This is probably why they had the drill when it was warmer. They have to have them within a certain time frame, so they probably jumped on a warmer day.

    Also, I think that one adult grabbing their jacket is way different then 20 kindergarteners trying to get on their winter gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ftmom View Post
    Also, I think that one adult grabbing their jacket is way different then 20 kindergarteners trying to get on their winter gear.
    A good reason why it is a good idea to practice this when it is a none emergency situation.

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    I think it is awful that it was cold but it happens. I wouldn't be all bent out about it. I know the schools have to do so many in a certain time from per the fire dept.

    When I was in 8th grade we had a drill and the fire dept. forgot to notify us in the 15 minute window or whatever it is. So, the entire school thought it was a real fire. We had a pool in school and a bunch of 7th grade boys had to run outside, in January, in a towel for what was a drill. (Normally, they would have pulled them out of the pool to get dressed of course). That was pretty funny at the time. As a parent, *THAT* I would probably be mad at as the FD failed to warn properly. (Had it been a real fire it would have been fine.)

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    Yeah i kind of agree with the rest, that its ok to be done in the cold, as long as they try to pick a milder day and are fast as possible.

    As an aside
    -20C is really low! I would consider where I live to be a cold weather climate and the rule is that if its below 10F the kids stay inside. But i suppose cold weather climate is relative!

    But also, not every child comes properly dressed for the cold weather so i think the cut off is reasonable.

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    At our school (small private school) we have 1 fire drill a month, 1 lock down drill a month, and 1 earthquake drill a year (these are the state requirements in Oregon) Cold weather fire drills are unavoidable (it has been in the teens here for a couple of weeks) We do have the kids put on their coats and other warm gear in the winter months before the fire drill sounds.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post

    But also, not every child comes properly dressed for the cold weather so i think the cut off is reasonable.
    BTW, this is my biggest pet peeve as a teacher (or one of my biggest) parents that do not send warm enough clothes.
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    I have been thinking more about this. If you live in a climate when it is cold enough much of the year if you were outside for very long you could freeze to death, then part of the fire drill should entail is getting properly dressed to go outside quickly. If there were to be a fire you would need to get a coat before going outside, so that should be part of the drill.
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    That's not how it works. Putting coats on takes valuable time. FD can bring blankets etc and kids can be transported out of the school. If my daughter's preschool class had to get hats and coats on and the fire was near them..they would be dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    That's not how it works. Putting coats on takes valuable time. FD can bring blankets etc and kids can be transported out of the school. If my daughter's preschool class had to get hats and coats on and the fire was near them..they would be dead.

    Yep. Like the others, I would want the Fire Drill to mimic the real thing.......but I would hope that the school would use their prudence in picking a milder day to call it! Just like I wouldn't want someone running through the halls screaming "NOT A REAL GUN MAN!!!" in the event of a lockdown drill, I think that there is something to be said for mimicking a "real" fire drill ~ and obvs in the event of a real fire the children will be escorted to your secondary location and kept warm (or can warm their mitts and toast weiners around the roasting building to keep warm) if the building is on fire ~ they will be taken care of by the first responders. The bigger concern is them being outdoors for like 20 mins with inappropriate clothing in the case of a drill~ that totally WOULD bother me.

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