Fire Safety

Fire Safety

The University’s Fire Safety Program is committed to ensuring that the Bryant community is complying with applicable state and federal fire codes. The prevention of loss of life and property due to fire is the main focus of the program.

SMOKING IS PROHIBITED IN ALL UNIVERSITY BUILDINGS AND RESIDENCE HALLS!!!!

IF THERE IS A FIRE

Sound the alarm. If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the building fire alarm by activating a pull station. Then leave the building.

Leave the building. Try to warn or assist others only if you can do so safely. Move away from the building and out of the way of the fire department. Don’t go back into the building until the fire department deems it is safe to do so.

CALL PUBLIC SAFETY OR THE FIRE DEPARTMENT

PUBLIC SAFETY EMERCENCY LINE 232-6911

FIRE DEPARTMENT 911

SURVIVING A BUILDING FIRE

Crawl if there’s smoke. If you get caught in smoke, get down and crawl. Cleaner, cooler air will be near the floor. Get low.

Feel doors before opening. Before opening any doors, feel the metal knob. If it is hot, don’t open the door. If it is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke are present, close the door and stay in the room.

Go to the nearest exit or stairway. Elevator shafts may fill with smoke or the power may fail, leaving you trapped. Stairway fire doors will keep out fire and smoke – if they are closed – and will protect you until you get outside.

Close as many doors as possible as you leave. This helps to confine the fire.

Total and immediate evacuation is safest. Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is very small and you know how to do it safely. If you can’t put out the fire, leave immediately. Make sure the fire department is called, even if you think the fire is out.

IF YOU GET TRAPPED

Keep the doors closed. Seal cracks and vents if smoke comes in. If you’re trapped in a room and there’s no smoke outside, open the windows from the top to let out the heat and smoke and from the bottom to let in fresh air.

Signal for help. Hang an object at the window (a bed sheet, jacket, shirt) to attract the fire department’s attention. If there is a phone in the room, call the fire department and report that you are trapped. Be sure to give to your room number and location.

Sometimes it’s safer to stay in place. It all the exits from the floor are blocked, go back to your room, close the door, seal cracks, open the windows if safe, wave something at the window, and shout or phone for help.

DON’T JUMP, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT WILL RESCUE YOU

IF YOU ARE ON FIRE

Stop, Drop and Roll. If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop and roll, wherever you are. Rolling smothers the fire.

Cool your burns. Use tap water on burns immediately. Don’t use ointments. If skin is blistered, dead white, or charred, call for an ambulance.

TO PREVENT FIRES

Smoke with care. If you smoke, don’t smoke in buildings on campus or near flammable materials. Use large ashtrays and be sure ashes, matches, and cigarette ends are cold before you dump them. Don’t smoke while intoxicated.

Cook in approved areas or kitchens and use laboratory-tested appliances. Stay nearby while appliances are on. Clean up grease and appliances as soon as possible.

Be careful with electricity. Use only laboratory tested appliances. Don’t overload outlets. Replace damaged wires.

HELP ELIMINATE CAMPUS FIRE HAZARDS

Electrical abuse. Use of electrical “octopuses” to obtain more outlets can result in overloaded circuits and fire, replace damaged wires, and match your appliance power requirements to the circuit power.

Appliances. Hotplates, percolators, irons, space heaters, etc., should never be left unattended or used in prohibited areas. They should be unplugged after use and not stored until they are cool enough to touch. Also, appliances may overload circuits. Keep heaters away from curtains and furniture, match the size of the extension cord to the appliance power cord to prevent cord overheating.

Open flames. Open flames, such as candles, are not allowed on campus.

Hazardous storage. Dispose of all waste as soon as possible. Surplus material and paper recycling containers should be stored in a safe place, not in corridors, stairs or exit ways.

Flammable liquids. Gasoline, kerosene, ether, paint, glue, etc., may not be stored in residential buildings. In laboratories, shops and classrooms, storage of flammable liquids is limited to specific quantities and approved containers.

Obstacles. Storage of bicycles, chairs, desks, and other items is prohibited in all exit ways. Blocked exits have resulted in pile ups of people during emergencies.

PROTECT YOURSELF

Participate in fire drills. Fire drills are conducted to familiarize you with the sound of the building’s fire alarm, the emergency exits that you may not normally use, and the procedure for calling the fire department. Learn where the other exits are – now.

If you are disabled (even temporarily), you should do the following:

  • Learn about fire safety.
  • Plan ahead for fire emergencies
  • Be aware of your own capabilities and limitations.

On campus, the staff notifies the fire department about residents with disabilities to help them find these students. Look for “areas of refuge,” like stair enclosures or the other side of corridor fire doors. Most elevators are designed to stop operating when the alarm is sounding and are not safe during fires. Sometimes it may be safer to stay in your room. Follow the advice for being trapped.

If you use alcohol or drugs, you are especially vulnerable to smoke asphyxiation. Even young healthy people may not be able to escape a fire if they are intoxicated. They may not hear the smoke alarm or be able to find an exit. Take special care of anyone who becomes intoxicated, particularly if the person is a smoker. Let the fire department know if you think someone hasn’t evacuated the building.

REPORT DAMAGED FIRE EQUIPMENT

Fire doors: Should close completely and automatically.

Exit signs: Two exits should be visible from all public areas.

Fire Alarm: Horns, bells, and pull stations should be accessible and not vandalized.

Sprinklers: Keep 18″ of clearance around sprinkler heads. Report bent or damaged heads.

Smoke detectors: Keep them clear so they can detect smoke when you are asleep, and wake you in time to get out.

Fire extinguishers: Report empty or vandalized extinguishers. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the location of fire extinguishers. All buildings are equipped with 5 lb. dry-chemical fire extinguishers that can safely be used on Class A, B, or C fires.

  • Class A fires: Combustibles such as trash, wood or paper.
  • Class B fires: Flammable liquids.
  • Class C fires: Electrical equipment.

Fire extinguisher use instructions:

  1. Pull the metal ring pin.
  2. Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire while holding the extinguisher upright.
  3. Start from a safe distance, approximately 8 feet back.
  4. Squeeze the lever while sweeping back and forth with the nozzle.