Fire and Life Safety Tips

The best way to avoid a fire emergency is to take preventative steps. The Purdue University Fire Department recommends that you become actively aware of your surroundings and take charge of your safety. It is important to become familiar with the following fire safety tips before you need them. Remember, safety starts with prevention.

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What can I do to prevent a fire and stay safe?

  • Start with a positive attitude about fire safety.
  • Be actively aware of your surroundings. If a bar or party gets to be too hard to move around, just leave.
  • Never throw any heat source or cigarette in the trash can.
  • Always blow out a lit candle if you are leaving the room. Candles & halogen lamps are not allowed in Residences Halls! Check with your property management to find out the do's and don't , where you live.
  • Use approved power fault electrical power strip to plug in your electronics. Never overload an outlet or run a cord under a rug. If you can, keep electronics off the floors in case of water.
  • Good housekeeping can help reduce the risk of a fire occurring.
  • Make sure that your room has a working smoke alarm. Never remove batteries or disable a smoke alarm except to replace the battery semi-annually.
  • Know at least two escape routes. Remember to check the windows to see if they can be opened and are not broken or painted shut.
  • Keep the hallways & exits free from debris & furniture. Remember to make sure that the emergency exits are clearly marked, visible & doors are unlocked from the inside.
  • Learn the building evacuation routes & fire alarm. Remember to never ignore an alarm. It could save your life. Get out quick!
  • Never tamper with or block the building's sprinkler system or fire extinguishers. These are life saving devices that are designed to assist you in getting out only.
  • Sign-up or attend a fire prevention and safety class that Purdue University Fire Department offers. What you learn today can safe your life or someone else's. Take an active role in your safety: it is your life!

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If a fire should occur

  • In your room- Get out and close the door behind you. If you are the last to leave the room simply closing the door behind you can assist in containing the fire and smoke to the area. It will also allow others to exit safely.
  • Pull the closest fire alarm on your way out. It will alert everyone inside- To get out!
  • Never use the elevator during a fire alarm. Remember to always use the stairs.
  • Call 911 from a safe place outside. Remember to stand at a safe distance away from the building. This supports the fire department to have safe and quick access to the building, as well as, allows others to exit the building.
  • Never re-enter a building for any reason. Have a meeting place outside & wait until you get the all clear from the fire department to go back inside. In case of severe weather - it is recommended to have a secondary meeting place pre-planned (i.e. another close-by building).

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I'm trapped. What should I do?

  • If you are not able to get out due to thick smoke and fire, you will need to shelter-in-place.
  • It is important to try and stay calm. If you are able, move to a room with an outside window. Call 911 if possible and let them know where you are trapped.
  • Block the cracks from around the door to prevent smoke from coming in. If able to safely escape from a window, do so. Remember to open the window slowly to check and make sure the fire is not below. If the fire is below the window, close the window. 
  • Stay by the window where rescuers can see you. Remember, rescue in large buildings can take some time. Please be patient.

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