Alaska News

Monday, October 23, 2017

Fairbanks school district plans active-shooter safety drills

The Fairbanks school district is planning to conduct active-shooter response drills in area schools starting next year. Students and staff no longer are going to be encouraged to hide in their classrooms and wait for law enforcement under a new program that has the backing of top area law enforcement officials. Superintendent Karen Gaborik announced the program earlier this week, telling the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District school board that core staff will participate in the training. Training for students will start at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year. “We are going to start making this shift officially,” she said. New protocols being adopted by the district involve training people to monitor, confront and distract shooters and to evacuate schools when possible.
Fairbanks News-Miner

Friday, October 20, 2017

State reminds Alaskans to stay fire safe as temperatures drop

As the outdoor temperature drops and the days grow shorter, Alaskans crank the heat up and generally spend more time indoors. According to the state, fall season tends to be the peak season for house fires in Alaska, and those are often deadly. Last year the 805 house fires were the source of 66 injuries, 18 deaths, and nearly $6.1 million in property damage. Mike Warzewick, a spokesman for the state's Fire and Life Safety division, said accidents involving unattended cooking were the leading cause of house fires, followed by improperly maintained or malfunctioning heating furnaces. The most important steps to preventing fires, Warzewick said, are installing functional smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in every residential building, regularly testing those alarms, taking proper care of stoves and furnaces, and never leaving cooking unattended. "We have a plethora of information on fire safety" available at the state's website, he said.
Bristol Bay Times

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