EHS Organizes Laboratory Lithium Battery Fire Drill in School of Information Science and Technology


During the National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Publicity Week (May 11-17, 2024), the school actively conducted safety hazard inspections and emergency drills. To enhance the safety awareness and emergency response capabilities of teachers and students, Shanghai University of Science and Technology held the 2024 Laboratory Fire Safety Comprehensive Emergency Drill at the School of Informatics on April 26, 2024.


The event was hosted by the School of Informatics, jointly organized by the Public Service Department, the Environmental Safety and Health Department, Shangqin Property Management, and the fire maintenance unit. Wang Dongming, the director of the Environmental Safety and Health Department, and Zhou Pingqiang, the deputy dean of the School of Informatics, served as the chief commanders on site. Wang Haoyu, the Party Secretary of the School of Informatics, Deputy Dean He Xuming, Assistant Dean Tu Kewei, Office Director Xu Tianhong, and Zheng Yanpeng, the Deputy Director of the Public Service Department, provided guidance at the scene.


The main task of this fire drill was to conduct an emergency exercise addressing a laboratory lithium battery fire incident, to enable teachers and students to master the methods of emergency fire avoidance in special laboratory workplaces, familiarize themselves with the requirements and routes for emergency evacuation, and ensure that the school's emergency operations can be quickly initiated and run efficiently and orderly in the event of a fire, thus maximally protecting the lives of teachers and students.


To achieve realistic effects, the drill required participating teachers, students, and property personnel to engage in rescue and emergency evacuation as if in their normal working state. To ensure the expected outcomes, the Environmental Safety and Health Department, Public Service Department, School of Informatics, Shangqin Property, and the fire maintenance unit jointly established a drill working group, approved the drill plan, determined the objectives, principles, and scale of the drill, and made meticulous arrangements.


The drill officially began at 4:00 PM on April 26. According to the pre-arranged schedule, a lithium battery began smoking and caught fire in a laboratory in Building 1 of the School of Informatics. The fire alarm in the building was activated, the fire control linkage system started, and the school immediately initiated the emergency plan. The command coordination group issued commands, the security guard team cordoned off the hazard area, and the rescue and disaster relief team entered the fire scene to extinguish the fire and carry out rescue operations.


After receiving reports from laboratory safety officers, the Environmental Safety and Health Department promptly coordinated with the Public Service Department to guide the onsite firefighting and rescue team based on the conditions of the surrounding laboratories. Upon hearing the alarm, the evacuation leaders on each floor calmly responded, guiding teachers and students to evacuate quickly along the escape routes. During the evacuation, everyone remained calm, followed commands, and helped each other, using methods like bending over to lower their centers of gravity and covering their mouths and noses with their hands to effectively protect themselves.


After evacuating the hazardous area, personnel gathered at the school's emergency evacuation point, where the school office immediately organized a headcount. While evacuating, the search and rescue team checked each laboratory and office area in the building to ensure no one was left behind. The entire drill was tense, orderly, and well-organized, achieving the desired results.


After the emergency gathering, the attendees also participated in fire extinguishing training, learning basic firefighting knowledge and understanding the usage of fire blankets, smoke masks, and portable dry powder fire extinguishers.