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Fire

  • Call Campus Security (x7-7777 or 212-217-7777) and report incident and location immediately.
  • If the fire or smoke condition appears to be growing or there is any uncertainty regarding safety, the emergency pull-box alarm should be activated in order to evacuate the building.
  • If a fire or smoke condition exists in a laboratory where chemicals are stored, the fire alarm pull box should be activated immediately.
  • If you have been trained in the use of a portable fire extinguisher and are able to safely extinguish the fire, you may do so. Be sure you have a safe exit from the area and leave if one extinguisher does not put out the fire.
  • Follow the general evacuation procedures as soon as fire alarm is heard. Building occupants are required by law to evacuate the building when the fire alarm sounds.
  • Warn others nearby as evacuation occurs.
  • Move away from fire and smoke. Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.
  • Close doors and windows if time permits.
  • Touch closed doors. Do not open them if they are hot.
  • Use stairs only; do not use elevators. Move well away from the building and go to your designated assembly area.
  • Do not re-enter the building or work area until you have been instructed to do so by the emergency responders.
  • Faculty should become familiar with special evacuation needs of their disabled students and assist them if an evacuation is ordered. Notify Campus Security of any disabled studentís location.
  • If you become trapped during a fire:
    • DO NOT PANIC.
    • Isolate yourself from the fire and smoke in an office or stairwell.
    • If a phone is available, contact Campus Security (x7-7777 or 212-217-7777) and provide details of your location and situation.
    • If a window is available, place a large piece of brightly colored fabric (shirt, coat, tablecloth, etc.) outside the window as a marker for rescue crews.
    • If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.
    • Make noise (tap pipes, bang furniture, blow whistle, shout, etc.) at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location.
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