By Kelly Tang
California has been in flames, our most recent one is the state’s deadliest campfire, Paradise.
What’s also infamous, is the amount of times the fire alarm blaring constantly in school very very often. It is practically part of the Independence experience. “It usually goes off because someone is smoking marijuana in the back” Gabriela Perez, a senior explained.
Alyssa Torres, another senior stated, “It happens so often it doesn’t phase me anymore, which isn’t a good thing because we wouldn’t know if there is an actual fire or not.” No one has a definite answer as to why the alarms go off so constantly. It may also be a prank students play, or a method to getting out of class, even if no one really gets out of the classrooms or go to a safer area.
In some cases, they go off and the announcer would claim that it is either a drill or would say it’s an all clear. The ones where they are silent no one pays no mind, but probably some random trick or the sensitivity of the fire alarms.
On the flip side of things, the school is geared with many fire alarms. They are inside the classrooms and plastered throughout the halls. They are also incredibly loud, along with the sounds of the announcements reporting their usual words, “May I have your attention, please”. The school also practices an actual prepared fire drill once a school year in the first semester.
Classes also have a built in sprinkler system in case a small fire rises in class.
However, it seems that the fire alarm is the only way classes are aware of a fire. There is not much other methods of dealing with the fire if it reaches your class. There is the fire extinguisher, but it’s said that there isn’t much inside the canister. Some classes have a fire blanket, while other classes don’t, which is a big issue.
Our school seems a bit lacking when it comes to our fire safety, but it’s a start. Let’s hope the fire alarms are only a minor drill and not for an actual fire.