Fire safety is everyone’s responsibility. Fire can strike at any time and in any place without warning. Below are some best practices you can follow to maintain a safe environment and be prepared.
- Participate in fire drills.
- Know where emergency exits are located on your floor.
- Know where fire extinguishers are located on your floor.
- Know where your fire alarm pull stations are located.
- Know your evacuation meeting locations.
- Do not block exits, hallways, or stairs.
- Do not remove or tamper with smoke detectors or fire alarm devices.
- Do not tamper with sprinkler or standpipe (fire hose) systems.
In the event of a fire, or if you smell smoke, the acronym R.E.A.C.T. provides a guide to follow:
R - remove persons in immediate danger.
E - ensure doors are closed.
A - activate the building alarm.
C - call the Fire Department (911, if in the US).
T - treat ALL fires as DANGEROUS.
Other safety procedures you should remember in a fire include:
- Always exit when the building fire alarm activates on your floor.
- Use stairs not elevators to evacuate during a fire emergency.
- Unless otherwise directed, report to the designated assembly area during all drills and emergencies.
- Immediately inform emergency responders or NYU staff if you are aware that someone is missing.
- For emergency information at other sites around NYU’s global network, contact the site director.
NYU residence hall fire safety policies: click here
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fire safety information: click here
Department of Homeland Security fire safety: click here