Dormitory Fire Safety

While the University takes every precaution to ensure your safety from fire, there are things you can do to protect yourself in the event of a fire in your dorm room. Remember these simple Do's and Don'ts.

If you are awakened by the sound of a fire alarm:
  • Feel the door to see if it is hot.
  • If it feels hot, use your secondary escape route.
  • If the door feels cool, open it carefully. Brace your shoulder against the door and open it slowly
  • Check the hall for smoke and flames.
  • If you see smoke, crawl along the floor to the nearest exit.
  • If there is no smoke, walk carefully and quickly to the nearest exit
  • Leave the building and do not re-enter until an authorized person signals it is safe to do so.
Remember the following fire safety tips:
  • Outlets should never be overloaded with multiple plugs.
  • Do not use extension cords, only use multi outlet devices that have their own self contained circuit breaker.
  • Never cover light bulbs with paper or clothing.
  • Candles are not permitted in dormitories because of the fire hazard.
  • Torchiere halogen lamps are strictly forbidden.
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