Fire Safety Procedures

If you DISCOVER or SUSPECT a Fire

  • pull the building fire alarm to alert people in the hall;
  • dial 1-911 to give the exact location of the fire;
  • if you can do so safely; close the door to the room containing the fire to prevent its spread.
  • if you can do so safely and after taking the above steps; use the fire extinguisher to put our small fires.

Evacuation Procedures

The following procedures should be followed each and every time you hear the fire alarm. Students who fail to vacate the residence hall during an alarm or schedule pull are subject to a fire safety violation and must meet with their area Assistant Director.

  • Put on a warm coat and shoes. If they are accessible, grab your room key and one card.
  • Close windows. Leave shades up (as an aid to the fire department).
  • Leave only the ceiling light on and the door unlocked so the fire officials can check quickly that everyone has evacuated.
  • Before passing through any doors, feel the metal door knob. If it is hot, do not open the door; find an alternate exit.
  • In case of smoke, take a towel to cover your nose and mouth.
  • If you can open the door (if it is not hot), brace yourself against it and open it slowly to make sure there is no heat nor heavy smoke on the other side. If there is, close it again.
  • If there is any smoke in the air, stay low near the floor and crawl toward the exit.
  • Exit via stairwells. Do not use an elevator.
  • Alert others as you leave. Yell, "Fire!" Knock on doors.
  • Go quickly and quietly outside to your hall fire safety zone and answer roll call.

After evacuating the building, stand clear of it.

  • Keep out of roadways and vehicle pathways. Allow fire-fighting vehicles and equipment room to maneuver.
  • Follow the directions of the residential life staff, campus police, and the fire department.
  • Do not attempt to go back into the building until after the commanding officer from the fire department gives clearance.

What to do if you are TRAPPED by Fire

  • If all exits are blocked, go back to your room.
  • Keep your door closed.
  • Pack the space under the door with towels or other materials to keep smoke out.
  • Open the windows from the top, if possible, to let fresh air in.
  • Let people know you are trapped. Wave a towel or pillowcase out the window, yell, or if possible, call the fire department or Campus Police at 1-911.
  • Stay low, on the floor, near the window.

What to do if someone is on Fire

  • Don't panic. Serious injury can be avoided if the flames are extinguished quickly.
  • Prevent the person from running, which fans the flames and takes the person farther from help.
  • Get the person on the ground and roll her or him over and over to smother the flames. Use a blanket if one is available.