Fire drills may be annoying, but SAFETY FIRST!
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 00:09
It was 12:50 p.m, and I was sound asleep (never mind how late it was.) In my very relaxed state, a siren began to wail.
I opened my eyes, and suddenly the alarm two feet above my head started flashing and making that painfully annoying siren noise.
I clumsily threw myself out of bed — my blankets, pillow and teddy bear strewn about my bed.
I put on my disintegrating shower shoes (which kept falling off my feet — not good fire shoes) and I grabbed my keys and of course, my cell phone.
I left my dorm room.
I was walking down the hall to even more loud sirens and flashing lights, but now it was accompanied by an ominous recorded voice repeating, “This is an emergency. Do not use the elevator. Walk down the stairs to the nearest exit.”
As I walked down the steps, I realized that I still had bed hair, and I quickly used my fingers to brush my hair and make it look OK.
I waited outside with the rest of the students who live in the dorm.
Some people were dressed to the nines and some were in their pajamas like I was, but we all sat down or stood there, annoyed and waiting.
And we waited for some time, wondering if this was a drill, or if something was really burning. People kept cracking jokes about stragglers still exiting the building and whether or not they should run back in to their rooms to get something important.
We were like this for about 10 minutes, until one of the campus security cars drove up and announced through the speakers, “All clear. You may enter the building now.”
We all slowly, sleepily shuffled back in.
We as students have had to practice so many fire drills throughout our schooling careers.
Drill after drill, and maybe a kid pulling the alarm once in a while, or someone accidentally burning a bag of popcorn, or even a little fire that was quickly contained, but still made the entire building angry with you.
But despite all of these annoyances, we need to remember that these drills are important.
Imagine lying in bed and not waking up to the fire drill, but to the heat and flickering of flames.
The moan of wilting material as it singes away, or the strong smell of smoke coming from all around you.
That would be a far more frightening experience than the annoyance of a fire alarm.
As I sit and contemplate the importance of the fire alarm after returning from the first one, a second one goes off only 10 minutes later.
I am still annoyed, but also appreciative for the fire alarm services that keep us safe.