According to the 2003 International Fire Code "A diagram depicting two
evacuation routes shall be posted on or immediately adjacent to every required
exit door from a sleeping room."
Emergency Evacuation or Action Plans are often posted on the inside of
individual dorm/guest rooms. If you
cannot locate a posted copy, check with occupant of the room to find out where
this plan is located.
In your own dorm you should read and understand
your buildingís Emergency Exit plan.
Stairways are the primary escape route. NEVER
use elevators in fire emergencies.
Exits and stairways should always be kept free
of debris and storage.
Fire doors to stairways should never be blocked
open. This protects the exit path.
If you must evacuate the building in the event of a fire:
Check the door for heat on the other side
by using the back of your hand (it's more sensitive to the heat).
If the door is not hot:
Open the door and sound the
fire alarm (if not already sounded) by activating the manual pull station by
the exit on your way out no matter how small a fire seems.
The last person out of the
room should close the door. Do
not lock it. A locked door hinders search and rescue efforts by emergency
Proceed to the exit as
instructed by the posted evacuation plan.
Never use the elevators.
Report to your designated
If the door is hot:
Do not open a hot door. Try
another exit. If none exists, seal the cracks around the doors and vents
with wet towels, clothing or sheets to keep smoke from entering the room.
If trapped stay low and away
from smoke. Call 9-1-1,the fire
department from a phone thatís safely away from the fire.
Go to a window and wave a
sheet or piece of clothing to notify emergency responders where you are
If your exit is blocked by smoke -
Crawl low under smoke. Hot
air rises so the smoke above knee level is extremely hot. It
is much easier to see at knee level too.
If your clothes catch on fire you should STOP
where you are, DROP to the ground, cover your
eyes and face with your hands and ROLL until the
flames are smothered out.
Practice Fire Safety every day and get your dorm neighbors to do so too.
Remember, you are only as safe as your neighbor is. A
fire in a room next door could trap you and leave you little or no time to
Your dorm should have specific rules about fire safety and you should follow
them. If not already addressed in your building safety rules, here are some
additional tips that may save your life:
Candles should be extinguished when not in use. Donít leave them unattended! Keep them away from curtains, flammable items, and unstable surfaces. They can easily be knocked over and start a fire.
Halogen lamps should never
be covered with fabric or other flammable items. Keep
a safe distance from drapes and curtains. These items can overheat and start
Never leave cigarettes
unattended in an ashtray and never smoke in bed. Never
empty ashtrays into flammable containers.
Lighters and matches should
be kept away from heating sources. Keep them away from visiting children.
Kerosene lamps, lanterns and
hurricane lamps should never be used or stored in your room. They
use too much oxygen and contain hazardous chemicals.
Keep portable heaters away
from walls and flammable articles.
Turn off and unplug any
electrical appliances, toaster ovens, hair dryers, curling irons, etc. that
are not in use. Off switches can
Donít overload outlets. Older
buildings often have not received modernized electrical systems and can
overload and blow breakers easily.
Never hang anything from or
around fire sprinklers. This can
prevent the sprinkler from operating properly.
Designate two people to
ensure all appliances are off, candles are out and smoking materials are
extinguished after parties.
IGNORE THE FIRE ALARM!