Fire Safety/Fire Response

Fire Safety/Fire Response

What to do when a smoke or fire alarm sounds:

  • Leave the building immediately and proceed to the nearest EXIT. DO NOT use the elevators. If smoke or fire is present, use another EXIT. If smoke is present, keep low or as close to the floor as possible.
  • Move away from the building following the directions of emergency response personnel. DO NOT re-enter the building until a member of the emergency response personnel have given an “all clear.”
  • When leaving a room or entering a stairwell, feel the doorknob, or touch the door with the back of your hand. If it is hot to the touch DO NOT, open the door. If the door is not hot, brace yourself and open the door slightly. If intense heat or smoke is present, DO NOT open the door any further, close the door and stay inside the room or use another stairwell.
  • If you are unable to evacuate your room, DIAL 9-1-1 for Emergencies. Dial ext. 3111 FROM CAMPUS PHONES OR 973-596-3111 FROM PUBLIC PHONES FOR ALL OTHER ASSISTANCE AND INFORMATION. If possible, seal the bottom edge of the door with a coat or jacket (wet if possible). If your window opens, hang an object (e.g. coat, shirt, etc.) out of the window to attract attention. Follow any instructions given by the Emergency Response Team.

What to do when smoke or fire is seen:

  • Initiate a fire alarm by activating the nearest FIRE ALARM PULL STATION. Pull Stations are generally located: at the ends of hallways by EXIT doors, entrances into stairwells or by doors leading directly to the outside. If possible, confine the fire by closing the door to the room.
  • Evacuate the building, and then DIAL 9-1-1 FOR EMERGENCIES. DIAL ext. 3111 FROM CAMPUS PHONES OR 973-596- 3111 FROM PUBLIC PHONES for all other assistance and information. To report a fire, give the following information:
  1. Your name, telephone number and the location that you are calling from.
  2. The location of the emergency (e.g. Library, first floor, etc.)
  3. Describe the situation (e.g. smell of smoke, open flames, etc.)
  4. If possible, tell them what is burning (e.g. wastebasket, stove, etc.)
  5. Hang up only after the Emergency Operator has done so, or told you to.
  • Proceed to the nearest EXIT. DO NOT use the elevators. If smoke or fire is present, use another EXIT. If smoke is present, keep low or as close to the floor as possible. Report to the building’s designated assembly point. Before leaving your room or if unable to evacuate your room follow the procedure listed in Section 1 C and D.
  • Move away from the building following the directions of emergency response personnel. DO NOT re-enter the building until a member of the emergency response personnel have given an “all clear.”
  • In the event of a fire, the University does not require employees to use a fire extinguisher. However, if you have received fire extinguisher training and comfortable in extinguishing an incipient stage fire, you may attempt to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher if ALL of the follow conditions are met:
  1. The fire alarm has been activated and all occupants have been evacuated;
  2. If the fire is small (waste basket size) and has not spread from its originating point;
  3. You have the correct type of extinguisher; and
  4. Your exit is clear and you can extinguish the fire with your back to the exit door.
  5. Dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies.

 

 

Updated 4.5.18