Fire

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"MUST KNOW" EMERGENCY INFO

When the University issues an emergency alert in response to a hazard, threat, or actual incident, everyone must know what the emergency conditions mean and basic emergency responses.

Please cick here for the "Must Know Emergency Information" for details on the campus conditions and basic emergency responses such as lockdown or shelter in place.

Fire

While fires are rare on campus, they do occur.  Prevention is the key to fire safety.  Remember, it only takes a few minutes for a small flame to become an out of control fire that consumes an entire room, office, building, or other space.  

If a Fire Occurs ON Campus:

  1. If a burning odor, smoke and/or flames are present, EVACUATE the building IMMEDIATELY.

  2. Feel doors with the back of your hand for heat before opening them.  If the door is hot, do not open it.  Find a different way out, such as a window or alternate hallway.  

  3. As you leave the building, pull a manual fire alarm box to sound the fire alarm system if not already activated.

  4. If it is safe to do so, close doors as you leave the building to help contain the smoke and fire, as well as secure your office space or room.

  5. Remember: Do not use elevators.  

  6. Remember: If there is smoke, crawl on your hands and knees as you leave the building.  If possible, keep your mouth covered as you leave the building.

  7. Report to the building’s assembly point, or follow the directions of emergency personnel. Be prepared to assist others as you evacuate.

  8. Once you are a safe location, contact University Police (828-262-8000), and advise them of the situation (location, what you saw, if someone is trapped, etc…).

  9. Do not re-enter the building for any reason.  Stay away from the building, parking lot and roadway around the building for your safety. Emergency personnel will provide further instructions and inform you when it is safe to re-enter the building.

If a Fire Occurs OFF Campus:

  1. If a burning odor, smoke and/or flames are present, EVACUATE the building IMMEDIATELY.

  2. Feel doors with the back of your hand for heat before opening them.  If the door is hot, do not open it.  Find a different way out, such as a window or alternate hallway.  

  3. As you leave the building, pull a manual fire alarm box to activate the fire alarm system if you are in a building or apartment complex that has one.

  4. If it is safe to do so, close doors as you leave the building to help contain the smoke and fire, as well as secure your office space or room.

  5. Remember: If there is smoke, crawl on your hands and knees as you leave the building.  If possible, keep your mouth covered as you leave the building.

  6. Once you are a safe location outside of the building, call 9-1-1 and advise them of the situation (location, what you saw, if someone is trapped, etc…).

  7. Do not re-enter the building for any reason.  Stay away from the building, parking lot and roadway around the building for your safety. Emergency personnel will provide further instructions and inform you when it is safe to re-enter the building.

Fire Alarms:

  1. If the audible fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building immediately.

  2. As you leave the building, pull a manual fire alarm box to activate the fire alarm system.

  3. If it is safe to do so, close doors as you leave the building to help contain the smoke and fire.

  4. Report to an assembly point immediately after exiting the building.

  5. Once you are a safe location, contact emergency personnel (on-campus: University Police 828-262-8000 and off-campus 9-1-1) and advise them of the situation (location, what you saw, if someone is trapped, etc…).

  6. DO NOT re-enter the building until instructed to do so by emergency personnel.

Remember: There is never a false alarm.  The fire alarm is going off for a reason.  While it may not be a fire, you do not know that until the building is searched.  ALWAYS treat fire alarms as if there is a real fire.  Do not wait until it is too late to leave; your life could depend on it.

If You Are Trapped In A Building

  • If a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside a window as a marker for rescue crews.

  • If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location. Do not panic.

  • If the door is warm, do not open it. If smoke is entering through the cracks around the door, stuff something in the cracks to slow the flow.

Operating a Fire Extinguisher:

Remember to PASS

  1. Pull the pin.

  2. Aim extinguisher hose at the base of fire.

  3. Squeeze the lever.

  4. Sweep from side to side.

Prevention:

Simple steps can help keep you and those around you safe by preventing a fire.  While you are on campus, remember that items with an open flame (such as candles) or an open heat source (such as hot plates) are prohibited.  Household extension cords should never be used, and only commercial extension cords are approved for temporary use.  Appliances (such as toasters and coffee makers) that are designed for household use only are also prohibited.  Make sure you keep your workspace or living area clean, allow at 36 inches of space around any heat source (such as a space heater). Ensure that emergency exits are not blocked by boxes, bags, or other items. Finally, you should never leave any food being cooked unattended.  This includes food being prepared in microwave ovens.

While off campus, many of the same rules used on campus apply in the same ways.  While items such as candles may not be prohibited, they can still be dangerous if not used properly.  Never leave open flames or heat sources unattended.  Items such as household extension cords can pose a fire a hazard, and should be avoided.  Remember to regularly check your smoke detectors, and replace the batteries.

Are you insured? - Make sure you have insurance to cover property damage.  For example, if you rent an apartment or a house, you should have renters insurance.  Visit http://www.ncdoi.com/ for more information.

For more information on fire safety, contact the following:

On-campus:

  • Environmental Health, Safety, and Emergency Management: 828-262-8000

Off-campus:

  • Contact your local fire department

In the event of any emergency, know whom to call:

  • On-Campus: Contact Campus Police – 828.262.8000 or 911

  • Off-Campus: Contact 911


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