Merrimack College Fire Prevention and Safety
- Follow the college rules and regulations regarding the use of candles and other combustibles.
- Do not overload extension cords.
- Smoking is forbidden in all college buildings.
- Turn off all appliances before leaving for class or when going home for the weekend. If you think you have left something on, please call someone to check.
- Appliances that smoke, spark or emit unusual smells may be faulty. Replace them.
- Keep combustible items away from portable heaters.
- Do not pull alarms unless there is a fire or other serious situation that requires the building to be evacuated. False fire alarms are expensive and make people complacent, causing a dangerous situation. Anyone tampering with emergency fire equipment will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
- Gasoline should be stored in an appropriate container and area, never indoors.
- Vacate the building immediately if the fire alarm sounds.
- Never prop open fire doors.
- Know the locations of fire extinguishers in buildings.
- Have a sound fire escape plan, and practice it.
- Have an alternative escape route in case your primary route is blocked.
- Do not waste time gathering personal items. It takes only 30 seconds for a fire to get out of control.
- In the event of heavy smoke, crawl under the smoke and cover your mouth.
- If a door feels hot to the touch, do not open it. Use an alternate escape route.
- Never re-enter a building after you have evacuated.
- Make note of any roommates or friends who appear to be missing after evacuation and advise someone in authority as soon as possible.
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