Residence Hall Safety

While the University takes every precaution to ensure the safety of all building occupants, listed below are some self-help tactics to survive a fire: Remember these simple Do's and Don'ts.

If you are awakened by the sound of a fire alarm and there is heavy smoke in the air:

  • Don't sit up, but instead, roll out of your bed onto the floor
  • Stay low.and crawl to the exit door
  • Before you open the door, feel the door and using the back of your hand feel the knob and door for heat
  • If the door is not hot, while leaning against the door, and open it slightly, then visually survey the hall for smoke and fire from the safety of your room
  • If heavy smoke and fire is visible remain in your room and call 911, sill out smoke around the door with wet clothes, and remain calm until rescued
  • If smoke or fire is not visible, stay low while feeling along the wall until an exit door is located
  • Once an exit is located, leave the building and call 911 immediately
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized safety personnel gives an "All Clear".

Remember the following fire safety tips:

  • The practice of plugging several extension to connect several cords "Piggy-backing" is a fire hazard and strictly prohibited.
  • Use of extension cords equipped with an internal circuit breaker or fuse is preferred.
  • Never cover light bulbs with paper,clothing,or other combustible materials.
  • Candles are not permitted in Greek Letter or residence hall facilities.
  • Torchiere halogen lamps are strictly forbidden.