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Resident Life Fire Safety

 

IF THERE'S A FIRE...
  1. SOUND THE ALARM.
    If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the building fire alarm. If there is no alarm in the building, warn the other occupants by knocking on doors and shouting as you leave.
  1. LEAVE THE BUILDING
    Try to rescue others only if you can do so safely. Move away from the building and out of the way of the fire department. Don't go back into the building until the fire department says it is safe to do so.
CALL CAMPUS SAFETY AND THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Dial (X911) from any college telephone or use an "emergency" phone. Give essential information: building, floor, room, etc. Stay on the line until the emergency dispatcher confirms receipt of instruction. Campus Safety will call the fire department.
TO SURVIVE A BUILDING FIRE
  • CRAWL IF THERE'S SMOKE.
    If you get caught in smoke, get down and crawl. Cleaner, cooler air will be near the floor.
  • FEEL DOORS BEFORE OPENING.
    Before opening any doors, feel the door from bottom to top. If the door is warm or the metal door handle is hot don't open the door. If it is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke are present, close the door and stay in the room.
  • GO TO THE NEAREST EXIT OR STAIRWAY.
    If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat, or smoke, go to another exit.

    Always use an exit stair not an elevator. Elevator shafts may fill with smoke or the power may fail, leaving you trapped. Stairway fire doors will keep out fire and smoke - if they are closed - and will protect you until you get outside.

    Close as many doors as possible as you leave. This helps to confine the fire.
USING FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is very small and you know how to use it safely. If the extinguisher doesn't put out the fire, leave immediately. Make sure the Campus Safety Department has been called even if you think the fire is out.
IF YOU ARE PHYSICALLY IMPAIRED. If you are disabled (even temporarily), you should do the following:
  1. Learn all you can about fire safety.
  2. Plan ahead for a fire emergency.
  3. Be aware of your own capabilities and limitations and make sure others are aware of them also.
Look for "areas of refuge," like stair enclosures or the other side of corridor fire doors. Elevators are not safe during fires. Sometimes it may be safer to stay in your room. Follow the advice for being trapped. If there is an immediate threat to safety ask for assistance.
PLAN AHEAD
Lean where other exits are located within your work or living area.
Learn procedures to follow during a fire alert.
If you have questions on fire safety call the Occupational Health and Fire Safety Office at x7999 or e-mail gunnink@hope.edu
IF YOU GET TRAPPED
  • KEEP THE DOORS CLOSED
    Seal cracks and vents if smoke comes in. If you're trapped in a room and there's no smoke outside, open the windows - from the top to let out the heat and smoke and from the bottom to let in fresh air.
  • SIGNAL FOR HELP
    Hang an object at the window (a bed sheet, jacket, or shirt) to attract the fire department's attention. If there is a phone in the room, call Public Safety and report that you are trapped. Be sure to give your room number and location. SOMETIMES IT'S SAFER TO STAY IN PLACE! If all exits from a floor are blocked, go back to your room, close the door, seal cracks, open the windows if safe, wave something through the window, and shout or phone for help. DON'T JUMP! THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL RESCUE YOU.
IF YOU ARE ON FIRE
  • DROP AND ROLL
    If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll, wherever you are. Rolling smothers the fire.
  • COOL BURNS
    Use cool tap water on burns, immediately. Don't use ointments. If skin is blistered, dead white, brown, or charred, seek medical care.
TO PREVENT FIRE

  • SMOKE CAREFULLY
    If you smoke, don't smoke in bed or any residential building. Use large ashtrays to extinguish your smoking materials and be sure that ashes, matches, and cigarette ends are cold before you dump them.

  • COOK IN APPROVED AREAS OR KITCHENS.
    Stay nearby while appliances are on. Clean up grease and appliances as soon as possible.

  • BE CAREFUL WITH ELECTRICITY.
    Use only U.L. listed appliances. Don't overload outlets. Report all electrical problems for repairs to the Maintenance Department. Extension cords must have a ground wire.
HELP ELIMINATE CAMPUS FIRE HAZARDS

  • Use of electrical "octopuses" to obtain more outlets can result in overloaded curcuits and fire - report all electrical problems to the Maintenance Department - match your appliance power requirements to the circuit power-

    Appliance power (watts) =
    110 (volts)
    power (amps)
    being used

    Most electrical circuits only supply 15 or 20 amps per room for all the outlets.


  • DO NOT LEAVE APPLIANCES UNATTENDED.
    Do not leave heat producing appliances unattended e.g., coffee pots, irons, etc. They are to be unplugged after use and not stored until they are cool enough to touch. Keep heat producing app liances clear of combustible materials.

  • OPEN FLAME
    Candles, bunsen burners, kerosine laterns, etc. are not allowed in college residential housing.

  • HAZARDOUS STORAGE
    Dispose of all waste as soon as possible. Waste and surplus materials are not to be stored in corridors or stairways. Storage containers must be used for all waste products. Questions on disposal methods and locations can be obtained by calling the Occupational Health and Fire Safety Office at X7999.

  • FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS.
    Gasoline, ether, paint, lighter fluid, kerosine, etc. are not permitted to be stored in residential buildings.

  • OBSTACLES IN EGRESS
    Storage of bicycles, chairs, desks, and other items is prohibited in all exit ways. Blocked exits have caused "chain reaction" pile ups of fallen people during emergencies.