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Fire Alarm Evacuation Procedures

Emergency Management / Environmental Health & Safety

Evacuation of this building is required whenever the fire alarm sounds. Prior to a fire alarm or fire drill:

  • Learn the location of your two nearest emergency exits and the fire alarm pull stations
  • Memorize the University Emergency Number 335-3400 or program it into your cell phone
  • Ask your RA or Residence Hall Director about your designated meeting place

If the Fire Alarm Sounds

  • Go to the door of your room and check it for heat with the back of your hand
  • If it is COOL, open the door slowly and check for smoke in the hall. If there is no smoke, stay low, go to the nearest EXIT and evacuate the building.
  • If it HOT or if there is smoke in the hallway, DO NOT open the door.
    • Stay in your room
    • Pack towels, rags or blankets under the door
    • Telephone the University Police at 335-3266 and give them your location
    • Wave a brightly colored item out the window to attract attention
  • If you CAN evacuate your room safely
  • Close the door as you leave (DO NOT lock the door behind you). If the door locks automatically, TAKE YOUR KEYS.
  • Proceed to the EXIT and evacuate the building
  • Meet at your designated area outside of and away from the building for accountability.
  • Verify that everyone in your group has made it to safety.
  • IF NOT and there is a fire, contact the University Police
  • Move at least 100 feet away from the building.
  • Stay away from the building for your personal safety and firefighter accessibility.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the fire alarm has been silenced and the Fire Department or the University Police has granted permission.

Be Prepared for a Fire

Fire drills are held at least once per semester in each residence hall. Fire drills are mandatory. Students failing to vacate are subject to disciplinary action. Participate in all fire drills as if they were the real thing. False alarms are no joke, report them.

  • If you have a disability, make sure you are included in the escape planning.
  • Learn the location of all building exits. You may have to find your way out in the dark.
  • If a fire occurs, smoke detectors cut your chance of dying in half. Don't disable them.
  • Fire sprinkler systems can save lives and property. Don't hang anything on the sprinkler heads and pipes.
  • Portable fire extinguishers can put out small, contained fires. Don't play with them.
  • Smoking is prohibited in the building.
  • Candles, halogen or "Torchiere" lamps, incense burners and potpourri pots are forbidden in residence halls.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, get low and go under the smoke to your exit.
  • Use the stairs, never an elevator during a fire.
  • If a fire starts in a microwave oven, keep the door closed and unplug the unit. Don't try to remove the burning container from the microwave. Use microwave-safe cookware.. Do not try to reheat pizza inside the box.
  • Tampering with, vandalizing or misusing fire safety equipment is prohibited and constitutes reasons for eviction from the residence hall and possible suspension or expulsion from the University. Fire safety equipment includes, but is not limited to, alarms, extinguishers, smoke detectors, door closures, alarmed doors, and sprinklers.

Failure to evacuate during a safety drill will result in disciplinary action. Items that are flammable such as fuel, etc., may not be stored in a resident's room or apartment. Items that require an open flame to operate or which produce heat (i.e., Bunsen burners, lit candles, alcohol burners, grills) are not allowed in resident's rooms. Residents must further agree to abide by the safety regulations as stipulated in the Housing contract.