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Safety of those living on campus must begin with a conscientious awareness of emergency fire drills, procedures and proper usage of fire detection and alarm devices in each college/apartment. Protection of life and personal possession is dependent on the responsible action of all persons. Abuse, tampering with fire detection or alarm devices, causing trash chute fires, and misuse of fire extinguishing equipment will not be tolerated and will result in cancellation of your housing contract and may include suspension from the University.

During the academic year, students will be informed about emergency evacuation procedures. Alarm systems will be tested periodically to insure their proper functioning. It is essential that all students evacuate the building whenever the fire alarm is activated; failure to do so jeopardizes your safety and that of others.

Fire extinguishers are located on every floor for emergencies.

In University Village, residents have the Safe-T-element Cooking System installed in their kitchens to help prevent cooking fires.

Another fire prevention and safety education/awareness effort involves participation in a "live burn" program where students can see how quickly a fire can spread in their room/apartment.

If a fire is detected or the fire alarm sounds, evacuate the area. Isolate the fire by closing doors as you leave. Do not attempt to extinguish fires unless you have been trained on the proper use of portable fire extinguishers. Activate the nearest fire alarm, if it has not already been activated. Call 911 and report the fire by using a telephone in a safe area. Upon hearing a fire alarm, evacuate the building by stairs and exits. DO NOT USE THE ELEVATORS. Once outside the building, stay out and move away from the building to clear access for the fire department and other emergency responders. Do not re-enter the building until expressly directed to do so by a University official.

1. Never use the elevators for evacuation of the building.
2. Evacuate in an orderly manner - don't panic. Walk, don't run.
3. Obey the directions of your building RAs, Security staff and emergency response officials.
4. Stay in single file in the stairways as fire department personnel may be coming up the same stairway.
5. Before opening any door of a room that leads to the main hallway, feel the door first to see if it is hot. If the door is not hot, open it slowly. Then, if conditions allow, proceed to the nearest stairway and follow the evacuation plan. If smoke is too heavy, do not enter a hallway. Close the door, place a towel or article of clothing along the bottom edge of the door. Open the windows for fresh air and hang a sheet, or other similar article, out the window to let the fire department know you are still in there. If all exits from a floor are blocked, return to your room, remain calm, call 8-6666 and advise them of your location and situation, and wait for the fire department to assist you.

The Department of Housing and Residential Life expects every employee, student and guest to assist in maintaining an environment that is free of fire and evacuation hazards. The following information will help ensure fire prevention and safe evacuations.

1. Respect the Smoke-Free Campus.
2. Keep all exit corridors and stairwells clear.
3. Become familiar with all exit locations and fire evacuation routes within your Residential College.
4. Participate in fire drills so that you become familiar with proper procedures in case of an emergency.
5. Do not prop open fire and smoke doors. These doors are designed to restrict the movement of fire and smoke within the building so that occupants can evacuate safely during an actual emergency.
6. Report any unsafe condition within your building or any safety equipment that is not functioning properly, such as:

  • Locked exit doors
  • Blocked corridors
  • Burned out exit lights
  • Emergency lighting not working
  • Fire alarm components not functioning