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Fire drill frequency at University of Michigan falls short of law's requirements

The University of Michigan did two fire drills per year in its residence halls during 2011, short of the state requirement of eight in each building, reports. State law requires universities and colleges to abide by the same law as K-12 school districts--eight fire drills are required every school year, along with two tornado drills. But University of Michigan officials say the number of drills is not a problem because the institution is not at all like a typical K-12 school district. An MLive Media Group analysis of the number of fire drills and the procedures for following safety drills at Michigan’s colleges and universities found many university officials are confused about the number of drills they should do and how they should do them. Compliance with the law varies widely by university.

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