In Case of a Fire

Students should familiarize themselves with evacuation plans as posted in individual residence halls. An escape route is posted by the elevator. When residents are requested to evacuate a building, it is taken seriously, the lives of residents and staff may be in jeopardy. Residents and their guest are to give their full cooperation. BE PREPARED, LOCATE THE PLACEMENT OF FIRE EXTINGUISHER IN THE RESIDENCE HALL AND KNOW THE EVACUATION ROUTE BEFORE YOU NEED IT. EVACUATION DIAGRAMS CAN BE FOUND NEXT TO THE ELEVATOR. Residents may evacuate their building anytime the fire alarm is sounded or the University Housing Staff request the building to be evacuated, i.e., bomb threat, gas leak, fire, etc.


Upon hearing the fire alarm, all students must immediately exit the building following the evacuation diagrams mentioned above. Once outside, all students should group together following the directions of the staff. Students must remain outside until the staff has determined that it is safe to return to the building. If the student does not leave the building at the request of Housing Staff, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. If at any time University Police is called to remove a student from the building that student will be issued a referral and face possible dismissal.


If You Discover a Fire:

1. Call University Police 985-549-2222
2. Pull the nearest fire alarm; call out as loudly as possible: Fire! Fire!


When the Alarm Sounds:

1. Leave your room, close your door, and evacuate the building according to the fire evacuation plan.
2. Stay away from the building until instructions are given to return.


If You Are Trapped In Your Room:

1. Keep the door closed.
2. Seal cracks around the door with tape, clothes, sheets, etc.
3. Open windows slightly if there is no smoke outside.
4. Tie a wet cloth over nose and mouth to aid breathing.
5. Signal rescuers by waving a sheet or clothing out the window, or telephone for help.


If clothing catches on fire, STOP, DROP, AND ROLL! Don’t run. Drop to the floor and roll out the fire. Drop and roll someone else on the ground or use a rug, coat, or blanket to smother flames. Cool the burn with cold water. Get prompt medical attention.


Fire extinguishers are located in strategic points in the hall. If they are used for things other than fires they may not be available when needed. PERSONS TAMPERING WITH OR MISUSING FIRE EQUIPMENT WILL BE SUBJECTED TO DISCIPLINARY ACTION AND POSSIBLE CRIMINAL ACTION.


Be aware of potential fire hazards. Room decorations should be limited to non-flammable materials.


Use appliances carefully. Don’t leave heat-producing appliances unattended; unplug when not in use and let cool before storing. Don’t cover ventilation openings on televisions, stereos, and radios. Never plug a heavy appliance into a lighter extension cord.