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Fire Safety Tip Of The Day

Don't hang anything from a fire sprinkler head or the piping. You could accidentally set if off.

Fire Evacuation Procedures for all Dorms

  1. In the event of a fire in your dorm room you are to immediately leave the room and close the door behind you. Closing the door will slow down the progress of a fire and give you and others in the building more time to exit.

  2. Notify the others in your dorm (if possible) of the fire and leave the dorm again closing the door behind you. Knock on doors as you leave and yell fire as loud as you can. Remember only knock on other doors if you can safely do so.

  3. Activate the dorm's Fire Alarm System by utilizing the closest Fire Alarm Pull Station on your way to the exit.

  4. Go to the nearest Emergency Call Box and report the fire. This is in addition of activating the fire alarm.

  5. Stay at that Emergency Call Box and await either the Campus Police or the Fire Department so you can provide them with as much information regarding the incident as possible. (Location of the fire, type of fire, if anyone is left in the dorm, etc.)


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Fire Safety Tips

  • After checking the doors for heat slowly open the door a crack and make sure there is no smoke. If you see smoke, close the door and stay in your room." Call the campus emergency number 2911 and inform them of you location.
  • Always evacuate for a fire alarm. Don't assume it's a false alarm. Fire can strike any place any time so GET OUT AND STAY OUT until the building has been checked by emergency responders.
  • Always know 2 ways out - wherever you are - at home, in your residence hall, a restaurant, a movie, a party.
  • Be sure you have your dorm key with you so you can re-enter your room if there is too much smoke or heat in the corridor. ,"Keep the key in a place were you can find it with ease during the night.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report a fire AFTER you leave your house or apartment.
  • Change smoke alarm batteries twice a year.
  • Check doors with the back of your hand before opening - if it is hot, go out your second way. If you can't get out, call 911 and go to the window to wait for help.
  • Check your smoke detectors monthly to insure your safety." ,"Check your fire extinguishers monthly. If you live in a residence hall and the extinguisher needs to be recharged notify ,"Residence Life Staff immediately.
  • Do not disable a smoke alarm - it can't save your life if it can't do its job!
  • Do not run extension cords under carpets. They can become worn, damaged and then ignite the carpet on fire.
  • Don't block the fire sprinkler head with furniture, curtains or tapestries. The water has to be able to get to the fire!
  • Don't hang anything from the fire sprinkler head or the piping. You might accidentally set it off!
  • Don't overload an outlet with too many appliances, especially those that draw a lot of electricity.
  • If you are living off-campus, make sure your home has large address numbers on the front so the fire department can find your house.
  • If you don't have a smoke alarm in your house or apartment, get one! For the price of a pizza, you can save your life.
  • If you live off-campus and use candles, be sure to use them carefully!
  • If you're cooking, don't use water on a grease fire. Cover it and smother it or use the fire extinguisher.
  • Know the two ways out of your dorm.
  • Know where the second exit is in the event your primary exit cannot be used.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher BEFORE the fire! If you aren't sure, then close the door to the room, activate the building's fire alarm or call 911 after you get out.
  • Learn how to use, and know the location, of the fire extinguisher BEFORE the fire! If you aren't sure, then close the door to the room, activate the fire alarm and call 349-2911 or 911 after you get out of the building.
  • Learn the locations of the Fire Alarm Pull Stations before a fire starts." ,"If you have to use a corridor to get to the exit or exit stair count the number of doors from your room to the exit or exit stair.
  • Place clothing along the bottom and sides of the door to prevent smoke from entering the room.
  • Plan your escape route before the emergency happens.
  • Smoke inhalation is the most frequent cause of death in fires.
  • Test smoke alarm batteries once a month.
  • Use the stairs to evacuate, not the elevator. You might become trapped in the elevator during a fire.