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:
- Don't sit up!
- Roll out of your bed.
- Stay low.
- Crawl to the door.
- Feel the door to see if it is hot.
- If the door is not hot, kneel against the door and open it slightly.
- Check the hall for smoke and flames.
- If no smoke or flames, crawl along the floor of the corridor to the fire exit, staying low and using doorways as the guide.
- Leave the building and do not re-enter until an authorized person signals it is safe to do so.
Remember the following fire safety tips:
- Outlets should never be overloaded with multiple plugs.
- 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.