The recent incident at Doha that led to loss of 19 lives has been a staunch reminder to all nurseries across the Middle East, about the dangers of fire and the loss that unpreparedness cannot bring back. Today safety departments across the UAE have begun to conduct strict inspections regarding the safety and fire prevention strategies in place at every nursery possible.
Safety of the structure and fire prevention is one part of the equation while fire drills and a better understanding of fire safety by children would be the other. Does your nursery have a safety strategy in place?
Fire drills help children and staff evacuate a building in the safest possible manner without the worry of children and staff panicking over the situation. Knowledge about fire and fire safety is also very important. This can be conveyed to children in a fun way by conducting plays and with actual visits from your local firemen who would be more than glad to help educators and nurseries out with the same. Teaching pre-school kids about how to react to fires and taking care of the younger ones is also vital because every helping hand counts in such a situation.
Such education is vital at all nurseries not only for children but for the staff working there as well. Moreover, nurseries in Dubai are located in places that are central to the suburban population. This is why not all nurseries may be located in a building by themselves which increases the risk when it comes to fire safety.
Having a plan in place always helps save lives which is why we at The Kensington Nursery have had such measures in place since our centre opened its doors. A British Nursery in Dubai, we pay great attention to the safety of our environment, referring to the standard set under the Office for Standards in Education UK (OFSTED). Also, our premises are fully compliant with the UAE ministry regulations, as relates to health, safety, hygiene and fire regulations. We have a dedicated security officer on the premises at all times and access to the nursery is restricted by way of an electronic gate control system. To know more about us, visit us at: www.thekensingtonnursery.com