Reporting a Fire
* Call 9-1-1
* Pull the pullstation
* Evacuate the building
Initiating a false fire report or tampering with fire equipment is illegal, very dangerous, and will result in a fine.
If a Fire Alarm Sounds
* ALWAYS ASSUME THE ALARM IS REAL and exit the building quickly without running. You must exit, even if you know the alarm is false.
* Use emergency exits if you can, but never use the elevator.
* Before opening a door, use the back of your hand to feel near the top for heat.
o If the door is hot or warm, or smoke is present, do not open.
o If the door is cool, open it slowly.
* Close all doors behind you to limit the spread of fire and smoke.
* If you must exit through heat or smoke, cover your nose and mouth with a towel or an item of clothing, then crawl or crouch.
* Move well away from the building and meet your fellow residents at the designated location. Do not re-enter until a Campus Police officer or the Fire Department gives permission. Anyone who interferes with a firefighter or fails to cooperate in any way is subject to a fine and/or arrest.
* If you cannot exit, place towels or a blanket (wet, if possible) at the base of the door. Open a window, yell for help, wave a towel or shirt.
If there is a phone call, 9-1-1.
* Call 9-1-1 to report a mobility-impaired person in Hall _______, Floor __, Room_____. If you cannot call, open a window, yell for attention, wave a towel or shirt.
* Close the door, and wait with the person for Fire Department personnel.
* NEVER carry a mobility-impaired person unless there is imminent danger. Leave the wheelchair or other devices behind and follow the instructions of the individual as to how he/she is best transported.
Prevention and Planning
* Know the location of emergency exits, alarm pull boxes, and fire extinguishers.
* Report damaged equipment immediately.
* Never prop open hallway doors. Many have automatic closing devices designed to prevent the spread of fire.
* Never store bicycles or other items in hallways or stairwells.
* Campus residents receive a fire safety presentation. After that presentation, fire drills are held once each semester. Drills will be repeated for any residence hall that does not meet safety and evacuation response standards.