The University must comply with all relevant civil laws as well as declare additional regulations recommended by East Whiteland Township Fire Marshall.
Upon discovering a fire, no matter how small, the alarm should be pulled. Keep aisles, exits, and exit signs clear of obstructions so that you can exit quickly. Do not wedge open a fire door. If you do, this will speed up the spread of smoke.
- Know your closest emergency exit.
- Be aware of alternative exits in the event that smoke or fire blocks closest exit.
- Be familiar with alarm locations and methods of activation.
- Be familiar with fire extinguishers and read instructions ahead of time.
- Elevators should not be used for fire evacuations. The power may fail in transit or a door may open upon leveling and stopping on a floor where smoke, fumes, or fire is a present, exposing car occupant to lethal conditions.
If You Are in a Burning Building
- Avoid panic.
- Evacuate immediately, unless you are competent with extinguishers and are part of an organized fire brigade.
- Smoke or heated air can kill. Crawl if you get caught; cleaner air is near the floor.
- Take short breaths and if possible, cover face with a wet cloth.
- Before passing through the door, test it. If the door is warm or the knob is hot, use an alternate route. After passing through door or window, close it; openings allow horizontal spread of fire.
- If trapped in a room, if possible open window from the top to let out heat and smoke, open windows from the bottom to let in fresh air: if you cannot exit through the window, stuff cracks and vents to keep out smoke. If there is a phone in the room, phone Safety and give your exact location even if they are on the scene. Signal from the window.
- If you are able to exit, go to the nearest stairs, but do not use an elevator.
- After evacuating building, stand clear of it. Never re-enter a burning building, except to save a life. Allow fire equipment to maneuver around building.
- Remain outside until signaled by the proper authority to re-enter.
- Don't panic, keep calm.
- Notify the Fire department or Campus Safety by:
- Activating fire alarm pull station or call extension 5555 for Campus Safety.
- When calling, give brief, accurate and detailed information.
- If the fire is still small and manageable, fight it.
- Keep near the door so you can escape.
- Aim appropriate extinguishing agent at the base of fire.
- Floor fires sweep from edge in.
- Wall fires sweep from bottom up.
- Avoid being trapped, stay outside closets, dead-end hallways, or other confined areas.
- Ventilate only after fire is out.
Large or Unmanageable Fires
- Evacuate other students. See that handicapped are assisted.
- Send alarm by telephone or alarm pull station.
- Close all doors and windows if possible.
- Do not turn off lights. If at night, turn on lights as you depart building.
- Get out of building.
Failure to participate in a fire drill by remaining in a building during a state of alarm may result in disciplinary sanctions.
Fire Safety Brochure