Fires on college campuses endanger students, faculty, and staff, potentially causing death and injuries. They destroy valuable property and interfere with the work and studies of the college community.
Arson is the leading cause of campus fire. It is a felony and subject to disciplinary action by the college, as well as by law enforcement agencies. False alarms are also a felony. If firefighters are out on a false alarm, they may not be available to respond to real fires and save lives.
Fire Prevention Tips
- Many decorations, such as curtains, posters, or holiday trimmings ignite easily. Use good sense and never place anything over a lamp.
- Open flames, such as candles, are prohibited, as are appliances with open coils, including hot plates, toaster ovens, and portable space heaters.
- Do not store flammable liquids such as paint and paint thinners in your room. Store hair spray far from a source of heat, and use with caution.
- Carelessness with smoking materials—cigarettes and matches, for example—accounts for many fires. The college has adopted a very clear policy regarding where smoking is permitted, to provide for your safety and to comply with state legislation.
- Keep fire doors closed at all times. Never block them.
- Never hang anything over a smoke detector.
If you Hear the Fire Alarm
- Immediately leave the building when an alarm sounds.
- Feel the door surface with the back of your hand. If it is hot, do not open it.
- Take your room key and ID with you.
- Close and lock your room door.
- Do not use the elevators. Always use the stairs.
- Once outside the building, stay at least 50 feet away.
- Only re-enter the building once the “all clear” sign has been given.
- If you cannot exit, hang a sheet out your window to signal rescuers. Do not jump.
- Grab a towel to place over your face (nose and mouth) if smoke is heavy.
- Open windows very slightly to let out bad air and let in fresh air.
- Stay close to the floor if there is smoke in the room.
- Follow instructions of police, fire, and college officials regarding building evacuation procedures.