From: Margaret Rakas <mrakas**At_Symbol_Here**SMITH.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] teaching STOP! DROP! ROLL!
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2018 17:08:16 -0400
Reply-To: ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**PRINCETON.EDU>
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I did a search on "Stop drop roll" images and came up with not photos, but some poster-like images (I personally like the one with the coyote).

Here's the link

When I train on Stop-Drop-Roll, I train that they are in a position of helping someone else who is on fire (I also think that takes some of the fear away while imparting knowledge that they can use themselves, although hopefully they'll never need it...)

I also warn them that this is very scary for the person on fire, and that rather than screaming "OMG YOU'RE ON FIRE" it is better to point to the ground and say "GET DOWN" in a stern tone. Given today's concerns with active shooters, I don't think anyone would hesitate to drop....once they're down, then getting them to roll towards the safety shower is the goal.

NFPA issued a report in 2006 "Stop Drop & Roll-The Technical Substantiation Behind Public Fire Safety Messaging" which absolutely convinced me (the short descriptions of incidents in the Appendix was what did it for me). I don't know of any other references but if anyone does, would love to hear about them.

Lastly--I agree that empowering them is important and I stress that students are not to go looking for a faculty or staff member to OK that there is a fire or other emergency issue, and that they will not get in trouble if they do what they think is right at the time.

best wishes to all-

On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 2:10 PM, Kennedy, Sheila <s1kennedy**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:


We=E2=80™ve all been teaching & learning STOP! DROP! ROLL! for years and there are lots of training materials & images available to work with. My current favorite (for eye-catching & cute) is one with a Dalmatian hound. (List won't let me attach pictures.)

I recently realized this instruction is more useful to those nearby than to the person on fire. It seems unlikely a victim with clothing on fire will remember anything (his/her clothing is on fire!!), but the nearest workers/students have a real chance to respond.. Is there any research on whether all this training has actually paid off in victim response?

"STOP your co-worker! DROP your colleague! ROLL your classmate!" isn't as catchy, so I'm looking for images that show another person stopping, dropping & rolling the victim. A quick search returned only one, from India. If you have (or are aware of) others, please let me know.

Sheila M. Kennedy, C.H.O.

Safety Coordinator | Teaching Laboratories

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