10 o’clock list: Five Worst Places to Be When the Fire Alarm Goes Off

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How many times has this happened to you: you’re in your room at around 12:30 a.m., thinking to yourself “Ugh, I wish everyone in this building could see how fly I look right now!” Fortunately, the fire alarm goes off and it’s off to the races. Fire drills are a great community builder on Kenyon’s campus, a time for us to come together and share funny stories as we wait patiently for Safety to let us back into the building. Except that they’re not. Fire drills are sneaky devils that sneakily sneak up on you and strike when you least expect (i.e. when  you’re in the elevator, or pooping). As a fireman once told me, “always have an exit strategy.” But what if I’m telling someone, “It’s not me, it’s you,” and the fire alarm starts blaring when I’m mid-sentence?  Here are some of the most awkward places to be when the fire alarm rings.

  1. The Shower: Worst case scenario: you’re naked and slippery and need to evacuate to a public place. Let’s hope you can get your robe on before anyone sees. Continue reading