SUPERCEDED Ohio University Policy and Procedure

Fire Emergencies

SUPERCEDED on March 17, 2009

Current Version

Procedure No.:   44.105

Page No.:        1,2 and 3 of 3

Date Issued:     07/02/79

Issued By:       J. D. Matthews

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To prevent injury, loss of life and property damage.



In the event of a fire in any University building the following procedures are to be followed.

Any fire, regardless of size, must be classified as an emergency situation. During a fire emergency, first priority must be placed upon the protection of human life, the second, protection of property. The area and building must be immediately evacuated and the Fire Department notified. Due to personal risk involved in fighting fires and the fact that "small" fires often become uncontrollable, emphasis must be placed on building evacuation and notification of the Fire Department.

The individual who attempts to fight a fire without following procedures may only be jeopardising himself, other occupants and property.

Any person discovering a fire, regardless of type or size, should:

  1. Activate the local fire alarm system.

The area and building must immediately be evacuated by all human occupants. In buildings not equipped with a fire alarm system, other means will be necessary to alert the occupants.

  • Call the Athens City Fire Department - Phone 592-6624.
  • Do not attempt to place the initial call through the University operator, Security, etc. Place the call direct.

    Do not attempt to fight the fire until the above procedures are followed. Attempts to isolate the fire area by closing doors will help to confine the blaze to one room or area.

    All persons should be familiar with the location of the fire alarm stations, fire extinguishers, standpipe hose, exitways, and location of the nearest telephone in the event of any emergency.

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    Recommended Prevention Policy

    Fire prevention is the responsibility of every person associated with Ohio University. All members of the University community are to exercise caution and fulfill their obligation to prevent fires and thereby protect human life and property. Fire hazards are to be reported to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety - 594-5521 .

    Ceremonial Fires

    If an organisation wants to have a ceremonial fire prior notice of the event and a description of the location and size of the fire must be sent to the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

    Athens City Ordinance, Section 38.4 prohibits the use of flammable decoration materials. Detailed information regarding this ordinance may be found elsewhere in this Manual.

    Tampering with fire extinguishers, standpipe hoses, fire alarm systems, sprinkler systems, or other protective fire equipment is strictly prohibited.

    B. Residence Buildings, Specifically

    Your cooperation in following the procedures and standards listed below may be important in saving your life and the lives of other residents of the hall if a fire or similar disaster should occur. It is the responsibility of every resident to be familiar with these procedures and standards and to observe them fully.

    When The Alarm Sounds

    1. Evacuate the building immediately.
    2. Assemble outside the hall at your designated spot so that roll call may be taken quickly.
    3. Do not return to your room until the signal is given.

    If any persons are prevented from evacuating the building due to the intensity of the fire or smoke they should close the doors to their rooms, stop up cracks that would let in smoke, open windows to the outside, call for help and stay next to the floor.

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    General Safety Standards

    1. Fire doors in halls and stairwells must be kept closed at all times.

    2. Do not take any chances with fire because even a small one can get out of control. In case of a fire, the alarm should be activated, the building evacuated, and the Fire Department called. Call the Fire Department before attempting to use an extinguisher.

    3. If you are in a room where a fire starts, leave quickly. Close the door to confine the blaze to that one room as long as possible and do not lock the door.

    4. Always close the door to your room when you go to bed. Many people have been killed in their sleep by rising heat and toxic gases even before they knew there was a fire.

    5. If you wake up at night and smell smoke, do not open your door until you feel it with your hand. If it is hot, leave it closed. This is a sign that you cannot live in the corridor long enough to get down the stairs. In that case, go to the window and call for help unless you can get out through other rooms that do not lead into the corridor. Do not jump.

    6. Know the location of all fire exits, fire alarms, and fire extinguishers

    7. Extinguish all cigarettes and matches in an ash tray. Do not smoke in bed.

    8. Only metal wastebaskets are permitted. You should empty your basket frequently.

    9. Multiple outlet extension cords are not permitted. Do not string wires or extension cords under rugs, over hooks, or in any place where these may be subject to wear or mechanical damage. All electrical cords should be checked periodically for wear or damage.

    10. High wattage appliances must be approved by the Resident Director before they may be used in the residence hall.

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