University tells students to remain in rooms if fire alarm sounds

YORK University has come under fire after it told self-isolating students to stay in their rooms for one minute if the fire alarm sounds, to prevent infecting other students.

The notice, posted online by university H&S personnel, caused uproar among students.

The guidance read: “If you are self isolating and the fire system in your accomodation building is activated please follow these procedures to ensure your safety. 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).”

Concerned students took to social media to share their opinions, and the guidance has since been reviewed.

One user wrote: “Pathetic that it needed to be “reviewed” to realise that staying in a room for 1 minute during a potential fire wasn’t a great idea.”

James Nicholls shared: “That is shocking that you would put students lives at risk – whoever wrote that should be prosecuted.”

The guidance was put into place after 220 students at the university was diagnosed with coronavirus


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