Fire Safety

Fire Regulations

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.

Escape Plan

  1. Know your closest emergency exit.
  2. Be aware of alternative exits in the event that smoke or fire blocks closest exit.
  3. Be familiar with alarm locations and methods of activation.
  4. Be familiar with fire extinguishers and read instructions ahead of time.
  5. 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

  1. Avoid panic.
  2. Evacuate immediately, unless you are competent with extinguishers and are part of an organized fire brigade.
  3. Smoke or heated air can kill. Crawl if you get caught; cleaner air is near the floor.
  4. Take short breaths and if possible, cover face with a wet cloth.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. If you are able to exit, go to the nearest stairs, but do not use an elevator.
  8. 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.
  9. Remain outside until signaled by the proper authority to re-enter.

Small Fires

  1. Don't panic, keep calm.
  2. 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

  1. Evacuate other students. See that handicapped are assisted.
  2. Send alarm by telephone or alarm pull station.
  3. Close all doors and windows if possible.
  4. Do not turn off lights. If at night, turn on lights as you depart building.
  5. 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


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