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As stated in the 2006 International Fire Code, Section 408.3.1, First emergency evacuation drill of each school year shall/must be conducted within ten (10) days of the beginning of classes (or school starting).

Additionally, as stated in the Life Safety Code 101 Handbook, Section (3), Emergency egress and relocation drills shall/must be conducted as follows:

One additional emergency egress and relocation drill, other than for educational occupancies that are open on a year-round basis, shall/must be required within the first 30 days of operation.

In summary, two (2) fire drills must be conducted and recorded within the first 30 days of school opening, with the first fire drill due within the first ten (10) days of the start of school. After the first two, the fire drills are conducted and recorded monthly.

However, during the months of November and February, the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office requires a severe weather is conducted and reported online, instead of a fire drill. If your school must conduct a fire drill during the months of November and February, the severe weather drill is the only drill to be placed online.

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