Merrimack College Fire Prevention and Safety

Fire Prevention

  • 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.

Fire Safety

  • 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.

Phone Numbers  

5911 (internally)

5555 (internally)

Anonymous Tip Line 
5777 (internally)