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Fire and EMS

Fire Emergency

Emergency Action

  1. Sound and/or shout the alarm.
  2. Call 911 from a safe location or use "Emergency Call Box".
  3. Evacuate the building.

In the Event of a Fire Alarm

  • Leave the building immediately- use the stairwells, not the elevators
  • If you are a mobility-impaired person on an upper floor, proceed to the stairwell landing on your floor and instruct someone to notify emergency response personnel of your location.
  • Never presume a fire alarm is a false alarm. Take action immediately
  • Upon reaching a place of safety, call the University Emergency Dispatcher at 911 or (864) 656-2222 to confirm notification of the alarm and provide any information specific to the situation.
  • No personnel will be allowed to re-enter the building without permission of the University Fire Department.

In the Event of a Fire

  • Assist any person in immediate danger to safety, if it can be accomplished without risk to yourself.
  • Immediately activate the building fire alarm system. This will activate the audible and visual warning system to evacuate the building and will automatically notify the University Emergency Dispatcher and Fire Department.
  • If the fire is small enough, use a nearby fire extinguisher to control and extinguish the fire. Don't fight the fire if these conditions exist:
    • The fire is too large or out-of-control
    • The atmosphere is toxic
  • If the first attempt to put out the fire does not succeed, evacuate the building immediately.
  • Doors, and if possible windows should be closed as the last person leaves a room or area.
  • Do not use elevators- use building stairwells.
  • When the fire alarm is activated all personnel in the affected areas shall evacuate the building immediately.
  • Upon evacuating the building, residents should proceed at least 150 feet from the exit.
  • After reaching a place of safety, call the University Emergency Dispatcher at 911 or (864) 656-2222 to confirm notification of the alarm and provide any information specific to the situation:
    • Name of the building
    • Location of the fire if known
    • Description of fire conditions if known.
  • If you become trapped in a building during a fire:
  • Stay calm and take steps to protect yourself.
  • If possible, move to a room with an outside window.
  • If there is a telephone, call 911 and tell the Emergency Dispatcher where you are. Do this even if you can see fire department personnel from the window.
  • Stay where rescuers can see you through window, and wave a light colored item to attract their attention.
  • Stuff clothing, towels, or paper around cracks in the door to help keep smoke our of your refuge.
  • If possible, open the window at the top and bottom. Be ready to shut the window quickly if smoke rushes in.
  • Be patient, Rescue of occupants within large structures will take time.
  • No occupants will be allowed to re-enter the building without permission of the University Fire Department.

Fire and Life Safety Equipment

  • Fire alarm systems are installed in most buildings on campus. Depending on location and occupancy, these systems may have a variety of components including, smoke and / or heat detectors, manual pull stations, automatic suppression systems, visual and audible occupant alerting devices. If any sprinkler, heat / smoke detector, or pull station is activated, an alarm will sound through the building. Elevator fire control may cause building elevators to immediately return to a designated floor for immediate occupant evacuation.
  • Fire sprinkler systems and water flow detection devices are present in most buildings on campus. These systems are checked on a regular basis. Their purpose is to suppress a fire and keep it from spreading. Water flow in these systems is monitored by the University Emergency Dispatcher and activation will automatically trigger a response by the fire department. A popular activity in some building, "hall sports" (throwing objects like balls and Frisbees) can damage fire sprinkler system equipment. Designed to be sensitive to rising temperatures, sprinkler heads can be easily damaged when they are bumped. Likewise, hanging any objects or decorations from sprinkler heads and pipes can also cause damage.
  • Emergency lighting is provided in some buildings. The lighting will activate automatically in a power failure and last for a minimum of twenty minutes.
  • Illuminated exit signs are provided throughout all campus buildings.

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