Fire & Life Safety
URI Campus Fire Safety Tips
|WHAT TO DO IF A FIRE SHOULD OCCUR
FEEL YOUR ROOM DOOR BEFORE OPENING IT
IF IT IS HOT, stay in your room, phone for help, and wait for a firefighter
IF IT IS NOT HOT, leave and close the door behind you to stop the spread of the fire
SOUND the alarm ; alert others to the danger
GET OUT of the building
NOTIFY the fire department
DO NOT go back into the building or try to save your stuff.
Clothes, books, and papers can be replaced
Make sure everyone is familiar with the sound of the fire alarm. When you hear the alarm, leave the building immediately.
Do not think of it as a false alarm or a prank. It may be the real thing.
Plan escape routes. Know at least two ways out of the building. Use the buddy system. Agree on a meeting place outside.
Do not use the elevator.
Review your room evaluation plan. Do not cover or remove.
When an alarms sounds, first feel the door with the back of your hand before you open it. If it is hot to the touch do not open. Instead place a wet towel underneath the door and go to the window and try to signal someone below. Call 874.2121 and let them know that you are trapped in your room and your exact location.
If you have to leave your room and the hallway is full of smoke:
- Crawl Low under smoke. If you must escape through an area with smoke, crawl on your hands and knees with your head 12-24 inches above the floor.
- If your clothes catch on fire, don't run. STOP, DROP & ROLL. STOP where you are, DROP to the ground and cover your face with your hands, and ROLL over to smother the flames.
- When an alarm sounds, leave immediately, go to your meeting place, and call the fire department.
Once you are out, stay out. Never return into a burning building.
No matter what type of device you may have, no smoke detector can do its job if it is disabled.
- LEAVE the batteries in the detector.
- LEAVE the detector uncovered.
- LEAVE the detector on the wall or ceiling.
Many fire facilities have occurred when the detector is disabled. Don't be one of them.