Lock Haven University
Environmental Health and Safety
FIRE SAFETY IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS
This page contains important fire
safety information for resident students. A detailed fire evacuation plan
for your hall is located. Please familiarize yourself with this
information to ensure that you can act quickly and decisively when a fire alarm
THE EVACUATION PLAN WITH YOUR FLOORMATES AND RA
Creation of a safe environment is the responsibility of every community
member. Your RA will review the fire evacuation plan with your floor at
the beginning of the year. It is important that you also review this
material independently with your room and floormates. To avoid a crisis,
talk about the following procedures:
- Sleep with your bedroom doors
CLOSED and locked at night. A closed door will help slow the spread
of fire, smoke and heat. When leaving your room during an alarm, be
sure to close and lock your door behind you.
- The presence of smoke and/or
heat will automatically activate the alarm system. If you discover
or suspect a fire, pull the alarm and begin evacuation. If the alarm
fails to operate, alert other residents by knocking on doors and shouting
- When you hear the alarm, take
a coat, shoes and a towel and prepare to evacuate. Do not stop for
personal belongings. NEVER HIDE IN CLOSETS, UNDER BEDS OR IN SHOWERS
TO AVOID EVACUATION.
- Touch the surface of the door
before opening it. If it feels hot, do not open it.
DON'T PANIC. STOP AND THINK BEFORE YOU START. If the knob is warm,
brace yourself against the door and open it slightly (fire can create
enough pressure to push open a door if it is not held firmly). If
heat or heavy smoke is present in the hall, close the door and stay in the
- If you cannot leave your room,
seal cracks around doors and vents as best you can, using wet towels if
- If the door feels cool, open
it just a crack to check for smoke. If there is none, leave the
building immediately by the established evacuation route. Remember
to crawl and keep your head down if there is smoke.
- If the nearest exit is
blocked by smoke, heat or fire, go to an alternate exit.
- After exiting, move at least
50 feet away from the building, staying out of the fire lanes. RA's
and Public Safety officers will be on the scene to provide direction.
If this is not the case, go immediately to the closest emergency
call box or phone and call Law Enforcement at 893-2278.
- STAY OUT OF THE BUILDING
until Law Enforcement or the Fire Chief has issued an all clear signal and
you are given permission to return.
ALARMS & SAFETY EQUIPMENT
- You may not disregard a fire
alarm or fail to evacuate a building in which a fire alarm is sounding,
regardless of its nature (drill, false alarm or actual alert).
- Tampering with fire safety
equipment (e.g. alarms, extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers and
emergency exit signs) is an exceptionally dangerous practice and
represents a serious breach of community safety standards.
- Failure to evacuate and
tampering with fire safety equipment are violations of the "Student
Code of Conduct".
- Fire drills are intended to
familiarize you with the sound of the fire alarm, the location of
emergency exits and the procedures for evacuating the building.
- During the year, several
unannounced fire drills will be scheduled.
- At the end of each drill,
student rooms will be randomly checked to insure compliance with
evacuation requirements. Individuals who have failed to leave the
building will be documented and subject to disciplinary action and/or a
- When you have guests,
familiarize them with the location of fire exits and evacuation
procedures. Register their presence with your RA so they can be
accounted for in the event of a fire emergency.
AVOID FIRE HAZARDS
- SMOKING: Smoking is
prohibited in resident halls. Careless
smoking is a major cause of fires. Use proper ash trays. DO
NOT put cigarettes out in trash cans, on the floor, on furniture or in
your pocket. Never leave a burning cigarette, cigar or pipe
unattended. Always wait until ashes are dead and cold before putting
them in trash cans.
- ELECTRICAL OVERLOAD:
Overloaded circuits, worn out cords and plugs and high voltage appliances
can cause fires. Always use UL approved items and avoid the use of
- ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES
& FOOD PREPARATION: Check the Student Handbook for a summary
of appliances approved for use in residence halls. Never leave
appliances unattended and unplug them after each use.
- OPEN FLAMES:
Candles (whether functional or decorative), incense and flammable liquids
are prohibited in the residence halls.
- TRASH: Trash
should not be allowed to accumulate because it may cause a fire.
Leaving bikes or furniture in doorways, corridors or stairwells creates a
fire safety hazard and is PROHIBITED.
- PROPPING OF FIRE
DOORS IS PROHIBITED: Fire doors close automatically when the
alarm is activated. This prevents the stairways from acting as a
chimney and spreading smoke and fire through the building. PROPPING
OR BLOCKING FIRE DOORS is dangerous and a violation of the Student Code of
FIRE SAFETY INSPECTIONS
Several times during the school year your Resident Assistant will conduct a
fire safety inspection of your room. If violations are found, you will
receive a letter asking you to rectify the situation. Failure to do so
will result in the imposition of a fine and/or disciplinary action.