In the event of a fire within the College building, it is necessary and safest for occupants to evacuate. Everyone must evacuate the building without exception.
A situation is considered to be a fire emergency whenever the following occur:
- The Evacuation coordinator or a Building Safety Laison Officer call out “Fire, fire, fire” three times.
- A building fire evacuation alarm is sounding.
- An uncontrolled fire or imminent fire hazard occurs in the building.
- There is the presence of smoke or the odor of burning.
Surviving a Building Fire
1. Activate the building fire alarm.
2. Leave the building by the nearest exit
- Crawl if there is smoke: If you get caught in smoke, get down and crawl. Cleaner, cooler air will be near the floor.
- Feel doors before opening: Feel the metal handle before opening any doors. If the handle is hot, do not open the door. If it is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke are present, close the door and stay in the room.
- If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat, or smoke, go to another exit or stairway.
- Always use an exit stair not an elevator.
- Close as many doors as possible as you leave. This helps to confine the fire. Stairway fire doors will keep out fire and smoke if they are closed and will protect you until you get outside.
- Total and immediate evacuation is safest. Only use a fire extinguisher if the fire is very small and you have received training. Do not delay calling the security company or activating the building fire alarm. If you cannot put out the fire, leave immediately. Make sure the fire department is called, even if you think the fire is out.
3. If you get trapped, keep the doors closed.
- Place cloth material (wet if possible) around and under the door to prevent smoke from entering.
- Be prepared to signal your presence from a window. Do not break glass unless absolutely necessary, as outside smoke may be drawn inside.
4. Notify emergency responders from a safe distance away from the building using
one of the following methods:
- Call the Fire Department on 112 or 199
- Security company: 25 33 66 44
Signal for Help
Hang an object at the window (jacket, shirt) to attract the fire department’s attention. If you have a phone, call 199 or 112 or the security company and report that you are trapped. Be sure to give your location. Close the door to keep the fire out.
If You Are on Fire
Stop, drop, and roll: If your clothes catch fire, stop, drop, and roll wherever you are. Rolling smothers the fire.
Storage of any items in the corridors this includes bicycles, chairs, desks, and other items, is prohibited in all exit ways, including stairwells. Blocked exits and obstacles impede evacuation, especially during dark and smoky conditions.
Assembly area for a roll call
This area is 50 meters away from the College and is located in the empty plot on the right hand side (when facing the road) by the building next to the College.