Meteorologically, the spring season is the driest weather among the four seasons, and the wind is stronger than other seasons, making it a good environment for fire breakouts. Plus, there are dangerously high chances of fires because of the many festivals in this season.
Nevertheless, Seowon University proves that it is a safety-first place as it has prevented big and small fire accidents.
In order to learn how, The Seowon News interviewed the firefighting administrator of facilities management office in Seowon University.
- The Seowon News (SN): Since it is dry in spring, there is a risk of fires. Where is the most dangerous fire hazard at Seowon University?
- Firefighting Administrator (FA): These days, thanks to unmanned systems and meticulous engineers, there is a less risk of fires. However, if I have to pick some places, I would say trash cans, the lawn, and bathrooms because of cigarette butts. Also, I am concerned about student’s laboratories, practice rooms, and the professors’ offices because they sometimes work until late at night.
- SN: What kind of activities does Seowon University do to prevent fires?
- FA: We are always monitoring the campus through heat sensors and 500 closed-circuit televisions (CCTV). In addition, we use electric systems which reduce heat losses to a minimum and prevent fires. Typically, light emitting diodes (LED) are used to reduce heat losses by approximately 10% compared to conventional lights in the past.
Especially, in the dormitories, where many students are concentrated for a long time, we regularly conduct evacuation drills, twice in March and September. In addition, all electric heating devices such as hair straighteners and portable gas stoves are prohibited and are inspected frequently.
- SN: Where are the firefighting facilities installed, and how are they managed?
- FA: As we know, fire extinguishers are usually placed in multiple risk management areas. We put an unique number on each fire extinguisher, register it, and check it regularly. All firefighting facilities, including fire alarms, sprinklers, heat detectors, etc., are checked for proper functions and inspected in January and July. Also, each month outside companies focus on one building’s systems on our campus.
- SN: If the fire occurs, where is an escape place from the fire?
- FA: To avoid suffocation, it is recommended to evacuate to open and well-ventilated areas. If you can not go outside, evacuate to the rooftop because all the doors will automatically be opened in the event of the fire. It is also recommended that you stay away from prefabricated buildings like a gymnasium that are at risk of collapse due to the fire.
- SN: Lastly, what would you like to share with students?
- FA: When students evacuate, do not use elevators at risk of power failure. Elevators are prohibited during the fire. Students had better use stairs to evacuate quickly and safely. Also, please do not play with or hide fire extinguishers in schools, and report to the department offices if students use fire extinguishers.
Likewise, the facilities management team at Seowon University is conducting preventive activities in various ways. The Seowon News hopes students to be familiar with evacuation methods and requests from the FA to create a safer campus for everyone.