Fire Safety Do’s and Don’ts


  • Know your building’s evacuation plan.
  • Evacuate calmly and quickly whenever a fire alarm sounds.
  • Keep important items such as medications and medical equipment handy for quick access in the event of a building evacuation.
  • Know two ways out of any building.
  • Before opening a door, feel it with the back of your hand. If the door is hot, do not open it.
  • If you encounter smoke during your evacuation, stay low to the floor.
  • Know the outside rally point for your building.
  • In case of a smoke or fire emergency, activate the nearest fire alarm pull station, alert those around you, and from a safe location call the fire department by dialing 911, then call Public Safety at the Charles River Campus by dialing 617-353-2121 and the Control Center at the Medical Campus by dialing 617-414-6666.
  • Make sure that hallways and stairway doors close tightly.
  • Know the locations of fire extinguishers, fire alarm pull stations, and exits.
  • Learn to use a fire extinguisher.


  • Use candles, incense, barbecue grills or other open flames unattended.  (Note that these items are prohibited in University housing)
  • Use halogen lamps near curtains or other combustibles. (Halogen lamps are prohibited in University housing).
  • Hang tapestries from walls or ceilings.
  • Leave cooking appliances unattended.
  • Smoke in building. (Smoking is prohibited in University housing).
  • Tamper with smoke detectors, carbon monoxide alarms, fire alarms or sprinkler systems.
  • Ignore any building alarm.
  • Hang anything from sprinkler heads or pipes.
  • Foreign objects may impede the system’s function.
  • Prop fire or smoke doors open.
  • Use elevators during an evacuation.