Dormitory Fire

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IN CASE OF FIRE OR VISIBLE SMOKE SET OFF THE NEAREST FIRE ALARM PULL STATION

All residents and guests must immediately evacuate the building once the fire alarm sounds

  • If the fire is in your room…Immediately get out into the corridor. Be certain that the last person out closes your room door. This is very important! This will confine the fire and restrict the smoke to one room, preventing it from spreading throughout the entire residence hall.
  • If you are in the corridor…DO NOT RETURN TO YOUR ROOM. Instead, immediately, calmly and quietly evacuate the building by using the stairs. NEVER USE THE ELEVATOR!
  • If you are in a room that is not on fire…First check the temperature of the inner surface of your room door by gently placing your hand against the door. Then:

If the door is cool, you can leave the room. Be sure to:

  • Put on a pair of shoes. The corridor and stairs may be hot.
  • Carry a towel with you to cover your face should you encounter smoke.
  • Close all doors behind you, including room & fire doors.
  • IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE the building notifying building occupants as you exit. Leave all belongings behind.
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS DURING AN EVACUATION EMERGENCY
  • If you are able, help those who may need special assistance in evacuating the building. If you are not able to do so exit immediately and advise emergency
  • responders of the person’s location.
  • Get at least 500 feet away from the building and wait for instructions from emergency response personnel.
  • Once you are safe call 911 or 401.865.2222, to report the incident.
  • If known, give the operator a description of what is going on in the building.
  • Use the stairs.

If the door is hot, do not leave the room:

  • Leave the door closed and the lights on. DO NOT TRY TO OPEN THE DOOR!
  • Call 911 & report the fire. Identify yourself as a Providence College student, provide the name of the building & the number of the room you are in. Call security at x2222.
  • Wedge cloth/towels around the cracks in the door.
  • Open your window. Attract the attention of firefighters by visibly waving a sheet or towel & await rescue. Firefighters will be there as soon as possible