Fire Safety Guidelines
All members of the Campus Community should be guided by the following:
In your building/Classroom
- Note the location of fire alarms, extinguishers and other emergency equipment
- Note the location of landmarks which may aid your exit when visibility is reduced by smoke.
- Locate at least two emergency exits from your floor and make sure they are free from obstruction.
- Re-familiarize yourself with standard fire drill procedures.
In the Event of a Fire
- Remain calm. Act quickly, not rashly. Your object is to survive. If you can exit safely, do so. If not, you must work quickly to defend yourself against smoke and flame.
- Never open a door without first checking for heat or smoke. Close doors behind you.
- Do not allow doors to lock behind you. You may be forced to return.
If smoke is encountered during your exit, do not walk upright … crawl. The air is cooler and less toxic near the floor.
- Never use an elevator.
- If smoke is present in a stairwell, avoid it. Choose another route.
- If your clothes catch fire … stop, drop, and roll to extinguish the flames.
- If you are in the room where the fire starts, leave quickly. Close the door and call Public Safety at ext. 6320.
- Upon exiting, move at least 70 yards from the building. Make yourself or a group designee available to the Public Safety Officers or Firefighters in order to give as much information about the fire situation as possible. Be factual and be calm.
If You are Trapped in a Room
- Seal door/window cracks and ventilation grills with tape (preferably duct tape) or towels and clothing (preferably wet) to keep the smoke out. If there is smoke in the room, open the window to let it out. Hang an article of clothing, large enough for rescuers to see, out of a corner of the window. Then close the window and keep closed to prevent outside smoke from entering.
- Do not break the window unless the room has been heavily invaded by smoke and you must get air to survive. Remember, stay close to the floor for air. Call Public Safety at ext. 6320, report the fire location and your situation. Tie a towel or clothing (preferably wet) around your nose and mouth if necessary to filter smoke. Do not jump.
- You must believe that every fire alarm is real. Failure to exit the building when an alarm sounds may put you and others in danger.
If you have any non-emergency questions related to this Safety Advisory, please feel free to call Public Safety at ext. 6320.