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.
- Test smoke alarms regularly, at a minimum when you change the time in Spring and Fall for Day Light Savings Time.
- 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.
NYFD Fire Safety Publications
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fire safety information
Department of Homeland Security fire safety