EVACUATION AND LIFE SAFETY SURVIVAL SKILLS
FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
Soon college students will be going off to college again, some will live in dormitories, some in off-campus housing. Listed below are fire protection and fire safety practices that can save lives.
Upon hearing a building fire alarm, the first life safety survival skill begins before opening your room door by following steps 1 and 2.
1. Feel the top of the door with the back of your hand for heat and/or look through the door vision hole:
If you encounter heavy smoke in the stairwell, use an
alternate stairwell or go back to
your room and follow steps below.
Special considerations for off campus housing:
Always report anyone tampering with a fire alarm or anyone causing repeated false alarms. An anonymous report due to the serious nature will be taken seriously.
Designate people to do fire prevention check after a party:
After having guest make sure all smoking materials are properly extinguished. Soaking them in water overnight is a good idea. Check couch and chair cushions for cigarette ashes. Remove all trash and or other hazards to the exterior. Remove these items far enough from the dwelling that should a fire start it will not jeopardize the building. Never keep overstuffed furniture or mattresses that have caught fire inside the building or on porches, even if you think the fire is out. It can take a couple of hours before visible fire breaks out again. Always call the fire department to check these items before bringing them back inside the building.
NEVER TURN OFF FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS AT THE ELECTRIC BRAKER BOX OR REMOVE BATTERIES FROM SMOKE DETECTORS, REPORT ANYONE WHO DOES.
If you have questions about campus fire safety or any other fire safety issue please feel free to call me at 908-204-3094 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org