Upon discovering a fire, explosion, or smoke in a building, activate the fire alarm system. Find a red pull station located on a wall and pull down on the lever. After sounding the alarm, call the Campus Police Department at (843) 661-1109. Tell the officer who you are, what you have and where the problem is.
If you are trained to do so, after sounding the alarm you may attempt to contain a small fire by using available fire extinguishers. If the fire is beyond your control, or involves potentially explosive materials, evacuate the building.
When a fire alarm sounds, complete evacuation is required. Close doors and windows as you leave. Walk, do not run, to the nearest stairway exit and proceed to ground level. Do not use the elevator. Leave the building and move away from it. Leave sidewalks and drives open for arriving fire and police personnel. Notify police or firefighters on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.
The alarm may not sound continuously. If the alarm stops, continue the evacuation and warn others who may attempt to enter the building after the alarm stops. Do not return to the building until directed to do so by the Campus Police Department.
Planning ahead can save your life. Here are some things that you should know about your apartment or residence hall:
Before the fire, Things To Do...
- Keep a flashlight ready and in a handy place.
- Report fire hazards to your RA.
- Keep your hallway clean and free of trash, furniture, etc. Make sure these items are stored properly and collected regularly
- Be careful not to overload electrical circuits and use approved electrical extension cords. Short circuits are the cause of many fires.
- Cook with care. Double check the stove to make sure it is turned off before you leave the area. DO NOT LEAVE FOOD UNATTENDED WHILE COOKING.
- Never smoke in bed, and make sure there are no smoldering butts when you empty ashtrays.
- Make sure you exit from your room during a fire drill...to a designated area.
If There Is A Fire...
Check your door before exiting your room. Feel the doorknob. If it is hot, do not open the door. Seal the cracks under the door with sheets or towels. If there is smoke in the room, crack the windows at the bottom and at the top, if possible for ventilation. Call Campus Police at 1109.
General Evacuation Procedures for Persons with Disabilities...
In all emergencies, after an evacuation has been ordered, the following applies:
Check on people with special needs during an evacuation. A "buddy system," where people with disabilities arrange for volunteers (neighbors/classmates) to alert them and assist them in an emergency, is a good method.
DO NOT use elevators, unless directed to do so by police or fire personnel. If the evacuation has been ordered due to a fire, elevators could fail during a fire. Police or fire personnel will know if the elevators can be used.
Aiding Persons with Specific Disabilities during Emergency Situations...
Blindness or Visual Impairment
- Give verbal instructions to advise about safest route or direction using compass directions, estimated distances, and directional landmarks.
- DO NOT grasp a visually impaired person's arm. Ask if he or she would like to hold onto your arm as you exit, especially if there is debris or a crowd.
- Give other verbal instructions or information (i.e., move to the stairwell, elevators cannot be used, etc.).
Deafness or Hearing Loss
- Get the attention of a person with a hearing disability by touch and eye contact. Clearly state the problem. Gestures and pointing are helpful, but be prepared to write a brief statement if the person does not seem to understand.
- Offer visual instructions to advise of safest route or direction by pointing toward stairwell exits or evacuation maps.
If people with mobility impairments cannot exit, they should move to a safer area such as the nearest stairwell. If that is not possible, they should move to an office or other room with the door shut which is a good distance from the hazard.