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Residence Hall Safety

While the University takes every precaution to ensure your safety from fire, there are things you can do to protect yourself in the event of a fire in your dorm room. Remember these simple Do's and Don'ts.

If you are awakened by the sound of a fire alarm:


  • If you should awaken to a smoke filled room 
  • Donot stand up
  • Roll out of the bed to the floor
  • Stay low and go
  • Crawl to the door
  • Feel the door to see if it is hot to touch
  • If the door is not hot to touch, kneel with your against the door and open it slightly, if smoke and heat rushes in, close the door immediately and dial 911 for help!
  • In the absence of heavy smoke and flames, crawl along the floor while staying low and using the wall as a guide until reaching an exit door
  • Exit the building and dial 911 for help!
  • Do Not attempt to re-enter the building until instructed to do so by safety personnel


Remember the following fire safety tips:

  • The unsafe practice of "Piggy-Backing" is created whenever multiple extension cords are linked together in tandem increasing the likelihood of fire and should be avoided by requesting an additional outlet by contacting Physical Plant
  • Do not use extension cords, only use multi outlet devices that have their own self contained circuit breaker
  • Never cover light bulbs with paper or clothing.
  • Candles are not permitted in dormitories because of the fire hazard.
  • Torchiere halogen lamps are strictly forbidden.
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To report an emergency, dial 852-6111 or 911.

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