A university told its self-isolating students to wait before evacuating in case the fire alarm goes off.
York University has come under fire after sharing dangerous guidance in which they told self-isolating students to wait in their rooms for one minute before evacuating in case the fire alarm goes off.
“If you are self isolating and the fire system in your accommodation building is activated please follow these procedures to ensure your safety,” the guidance read.
“When the alarm sounds; stay in your room for one minute then make your way to the nearest refuge (this will allow non-isolating individuals to exit the building).
“Contact Security Services by activating the refuge alarm which will allow you to communicate with Security Services.
“Explain that you are ‘self isolating’ and give your details to the Security Centre.
“You will be instructed by Security Services to remain in the refuge area.”
The guidance was ridiculed and slammed by concerned students and parents who questioned the directive’s safety and suggested that the person responsible for it should be fired.
Following the backlash, the university has updated its guidance to suggest that “all students should evacuate as normal” in case the fire alarm goes off.
“In the event of a fire alarm, all students should evacuate as normal. Where possible, they should wear a mask and keep a safe distance from others,” York University spokesperson said.
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