Fire Safety Tips
TO SURVIVE A BUILDING FIRE:
CRAWL IF THERE’S SMOKE.
If you get caught in smoke, get down and crawl, taking short breaths through the nose. Cleaner, cooler air will be near the floor. Get Low – And Go.
FEEL THE DOORS BEFORE OPENING.
Before opening any doors, feel the door knob. If it is hot, don’t open the door. If it is cool, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke are present, close the door and stay in the room.
GO TO THE NEAREST EXIT OR STAIRWELL.
If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat or smoke, go to another exit. Always use an exit stairwell, not an elevator. Elevator shafts may fill with smoke or the power may fail, leaving you trapped. Stairwell fire doors will keep out fire and smoke-if they are closed-and will protect you until you get outside.
IF YOU GET TRAPPED:
KEEP THE DOORS CLOSED.
Seal cracks and vents if smoke comes in. If you’re trapped in a room and there’s no smoke outside, open the windows from the top to let out the heat and smoke from the bottom to let in fresh air.
SIGNAL FOR HELP.
Hang an object at the window (a bed sheet, jacket, shirt) to attract the fire department’s attention. If there is a phone in the room, dial Boston University Police at 353-2121, on campus, or off campus dial 911 and report that you are trapped. Be sure to give your address, room number and exact location.
SOMETIMES IT’S SAFER TO STAY IN PLACE!
If all exits from a floor are blocked, remain calm, go back to your room, close the door, and seal the cracks. Open the windows if safe, wave something at the window, and shout or phone for help to alert the Fire Department.
IF YOU ARE ON FIRE:
STOP, DROP, AND ROLL.
Rolling smothers the fire. If your clothes catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll, wherever you are. Cover your face with your hands to protect face and lungs.
Run cool (not cold) water over burns, immediately, for 5-10 minutes. Don’t use ointments. Notify medical personnel immediately.
PARTICIPATE IN FIRE DRILLS.
Fire drills are typically conducted annually and are done to familiarize you with the sound of your building’s fire alarm system, the emergency exits which you may not normally use, and the procedure for calling the fire department. It is important, before the emergency occurs; to familiarize your self with the location of additional means of egress should your primary exit be blocked.
IF YOU NEED SPECIAL ASSISTANCE.
If you need assistance because of mobility, visual, or hearing issues (even temporarily), you should do the following: notify the Evacuation Director, Resident Director, or senior person in charge of your need for special assistance in the event of an emergency. Be aware of your own capabilities and limitations and do not take any unnecessary chances.
On campus, the Evacuation Director, Resident Director, or Senior person in charge notifies the responding fire department of individuals with special needs. Look for “areas of safe refuge,” like stairwell enclosures or the other side of corridor fire doors. Most elevators are designed to stop operating when the alarm is sounding and are not safe during fires. Sometimes it may be safer to stay in your room and/or office. Follow the advice for being trapped.