Fire Safety

All residence halls are protected by fire detection and firefighting equipment. All residents should be familiar with the emergency escape plan for their residence hall and the location of fire extinguishers.

Tampering with any fire detection or firefighting equipment is a violation of state laws as well as college policy. Tampering with fire equipment (extinguishers, detectors, sprinklers, etc.) can create a life-threatening situation by preventing the equipment from properly detecting a possible fire, or the ability to attempt to extinguish or control a fire before additional equipment can arrive.

Candles and incense are a fire hazard and are not permitted in the residence halls. Combustible materials such as gasoline, paint thinner, and oil lamps are not permitted within the residential facilities. Fire safety codes require strict compliance with this regulation. Propane grills are prohibited.

Never Fight a Fire:

  • If the fire is spreading beyond the spot where it started.
  • If you can’t fight the fire with your back to an escape exit.
  • If the fire can block your only escape.
  • If you don’t have adequate fire-fighting equipment

In any of these situations......

Don't fight the fire yourself. Call for help!


  • Make sure the fire doors in halls and stair wells are closed at all times.
  • Close door to your room when you retire. Exit when fire alarm sounds!!!!


  • Smoke in bed.
  • Smoke in your room.
  • Burn candles.
  • Allow an open flame (cigarette, candle, torch, etc.) or cooking appliance (coffee pot, hot plate, etc.) near common combustible material, i.e., wood, paper, textiles, or flammable liquid.
  • Ignore fire alarm.

Fire and Emergency Evacuation Procedures

There will be times that the Residential Education Department will conduct scheduled Fire Alarm Evacuation Drills at the Residential Halls on campus. These drills will usually not be announced to the residents with the exception of the RA's. These drills are done to check that the alarm system is working properly and to give the residents a chance to hear the alarm and so they will be able to recognize it in the event of an actual alarm. The alarm systems in the buildings have a loud audible bell or horn, and flashing strobe lights. These tests also give the residents an opportunity to become familiar with the evacuation procedures.

When an alarm is activated there are a few steps to follow:

  • Remain calm and close the windows in the room.
  • Take only clothing that will be needed for the type of weather conditions that exist. Do not try and collect personal items to take with you.
  • Turn off any electrical items you may have on at the time.
  • Stay low if you are going through smoke or toxic fumes.
  • Leave by the nearest exit. When a fire alarm is active any door to the building may be used to exit so long as it is safe to do so.
  • Do not use elevators. Use only the stairs.
  • Never attempt to go back into the building even if the alarm stops sounding. Wait until a Public Safety Officer has cleared the building and given the permission to re-enter.
  • In an actual emergency if you are trapped and not able to exit a room or the building, yell for help and call the Department of Public Safety at ext. 3148 using a phone in the building or your cellular phone dial 718-390-3148. Be sure you can give your location in the building as best as you can so an officer can locate and assist you.

Fire Guard training

 Fall 2015 _Emergency Management Tabletop