Fire Safety Procedures
A fire may include visible flames or strong odors of burning. The appropriate emergency action is for persons to evacuate the building quickly and safely, call the Fire Department (911) first and notify Campus Safety by dialing x7191 from a campus phone or (845) 222-8812 from a private or public phone for the Rockland Campus, or x6198 for the Manhattan Campus.
- If you are the person who discovered the fire, extinguish it only if you can do so safely and quickly.
- Use an appropriate fire extinguisher to control the fire only if you have had fire extinguisher training, the fire is confinable and your personal safety is not placed in jeopardy.
- If the fire is extinguished, call Campus Safety by dialing x7191 from a campus phone or (845) 222-8812 from a private or public phone for the Rockland Campus, or x6198 for the Manhattan Campus.
- Confine the fire by closing the doors.
- Pull the nearest fire alarm and call the Fire Department (911).
- Call Campus Safety by dialing x7191 from a campus phone or (845) 222-8812 from a private or public phone for the Rockland Campus, or x6198 for the Manhattan Campus.
- Alert others.
- Exit the building, assisting anyone who needs help in the evacuation.
- Meet the Fire Department when they arrive.
- Close the doors to your immediate area.
- EVACUATE the building via the nearest exit. Assist others in exiting the building.
- DO NOT use elevators.
- Avoid smoke filled areas. See evacuating below.
- If you can’t escape, use wet towels or tape to seal the door and any room supply vent.
- If there is no fire below, go to the window and open it. Stay near the open window. Hang a blanket or a towel out the window to let people know that you are there and need help.
- Be calm and wait for someone to rescue you.
- Feel door from top to bottom. If it is hot, DO NOT proceed; go back.
- If the door is cool, crouch low and open the door slowly. Close the door quickly if smoke is present so you do not inhale it.
- If no smoke is present, exit the building via the nearest stairwell or exit.
- If you encounter heavy smoke in a stairwell, go back and try another stairwell.
In the interest of fire safety, ONLY the following appliances may be used within designated areas: refrigerators, automatic coffee pots, hot pots, hand vacs, small sweepers, compact vacuums, electric curlers, curling irons and blow dryers (in Christie Hall blow dryers may only be used in the bathrooms). Electric irons with automatic shut-off are provided within each residence hall. Vacuums are available for use in each residence. If unauthorized items are found, they will be confiscated by Residence Life Staff.
NOTE: Among the appliances NOT permitted are halogen lamps, microwave ovens, toasters, toaster ovens, crock pots, irons, rice cookers, waffle irons, heaters, air conditioners, hot plates, electrical grills and extension cords. These items will be confiscated by Residence Life Staff.
Each residence hall will hold fire drills on a periodic basis. Evacuation instructions are posted in each residence room and in public areas. Additionally, each floor is equipped with a fire extinguisher.
When a fire alarm is given, the following procedures are to be followed:
- All persons must evacuate the building immediately.
- Doors must be closed (and unlocked) with the room lights turned on.
- Buildings may only be re-entered when permission is granted by an authorized college or fire department official.
To emphasize the seriousness of fire safety, any person (faculty, staff or student) found violating any provision of these regulations will be charged a fine of $250. Other disciplinary measures and financial restitution may also be required.
Violations of these restrictions will also result in a fine of $250 and possible suspension or expulsion. These restrictions include, but are not limited to:
- Moving, adjusting or otherwise tampering with any fire safety equipment
- Use or possession of any fireworks
- Use or possession of any candles or incense inside resident rooms. No candles or incense of any kind is permitted in residence halls (only Glade plug-ins are permitted).
- Use or possession of any open flame or flame-producing device
- Use of extension cords (only use of surge protectors is permitted)
- Blocking or restricting passage in a hallway, stairway or doorway (i.e. garbage, shoes, open umbrella, etc.)
- Failure to respond immediately to a fire alarm
- Propping any of the fire doors at any time
- Initiating or reporting a false alarm – The intentional or reckless pulling of a fire alarm is considered a criminal offense. Any student who sets off the fire alarm by neglect will be fined $250.