fire safety

EMERGENCY NUMBER (24 HOURS): Extension 3300

Table of Contents:

If There Is A Fire

To Survive A Fire

If You Get Trapped

If Handicapped or Disabled

Protect Yourself

Fire Prevention

Residence Halls

Fire Safety Equipment

Do Not Risk Injury Attempting To Fight Fires!


1. Sound the fire alarm as soon as you find or suspect a fire by activating the nearest pull station. Warn other occupants by knocking on doors and shouting as you leave.

2. Call Campus Safety from the nearest safe location. Provide location and type of emergency.

3. Leave the building. Assemble at your pre-designated safety zone and await further instructions from a staff member. Don't attempt a rescue unless you can do so safely. Stay out of the building until given the “all clear” to return by fire officials.

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1. Feel doors before opening. If it is hot do not open. If cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly. If trapped by heat or smoke, close door and stay inside.

2. If your door is cool, open it and proceed to the nearest exit. Close the door behind you to limit the spread of smoke. If there is smoke in the hallway, stay low where the air is freshest. Cleaner, cooler air will be near the floor. A wet cloth over your face.

3. Go to the nearest stairway or exit. If nearest exit is blocked by heat, fire or smoke, stay low and go to another exit.

4. In case of fires, do not use elevators. Use stairs.

5. Close as many door as possible as you leave. This will help confine the fire.

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1. Keep doors closed. Seal cracks and vents from incoming smoke.

2. If by a phone, call Campus Safety and give location. Attempt to signal or attract attention. Jump only if safe to do so. Hang a towel or sheet from your window to alert fire rescue personnel.

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1. Plan ahead - know evacuation routes and evacuation procedures.

2. Attempt to exit on your own. If unable to exit, contact Campus Safety and request assistance.

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Participate in fire drills and take them seriously. Know the site of your safety zone. Familiarize yourself with the location of your building's fire extinguishers, alarm pull stations and exits.

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Don't overload electrical circuits.
Use power bars.
Dispose of waste in a safe manner. Keep corridors clear of clothing, bicycles, furniture and athletic gear.
Open flames should not be left unattended.
Keep fire doors clear and unobstructed.
Do not prop open fire doors.

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Candles and incense are dangerous in residence halls and have been a source of many fires. The use of candles and incense are prohibited and violates the Code of Community Responsibility.

Don't smoke in bed or near flammable materials.

Nothing may be hung from or cover ceilings, smoke detectors, conduit cables, light fixtures, sprinkler pipes and heads, electrical outlets, doorways or lofts.

Don't tamper with your smoke detectors or fire alarm horns. Notify staff immediately if a smoke detector is not working.

Review the Colby-Sawyer College Student Handbook for a comprehensive list of items prohibited in residence hall rooms.

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Report damaged fire equipment to Campus Safety at extension 3675.

* Fire doors - should close automatically and completely.
* Exit signs - should be visible from all public areas.
* Smoke detectors - keep them clear so they can detect smoke when you are asleep and wake you in time to get out.
* Fire alarms - horns, bells, and pull stations should be accessible and not vandalized.
* Fire extinguishers - report empty, vandalized or missing extinguishers. Don't tolerate horseplay with your fire safety equipment!

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Attempt to fight fires only if you are trained and fire is small. Don't try to put out a fire with an extinguisher if you aren't familiar with its operation. Always pull the alarm first.

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