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SAFETY TIPS

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FIRE AND EVACUATION

In all cases of fire, 911 must be notified immediately along with Campus Police “Athens campus” For Palestine, Kaufman, and Terrell campuses call 911 immediately and notify the campus administration office. Campus Police must also be notified as soon as possible. Remember to observe the following procedures:

• Know the location of fire extinguishers, fire exits, and alarm systems in your area and know how to use 
   them.
 
• If a minor fire appears controllable, immediately contact the Campus Police. Then promptly direct the charge
  of the fire extinguisher toward the base of the flame. If you are not alone, have one person make the
  emergency call while another uses the fire extinguisher.
 
• If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm. Caution: In some buildings, the alarm rings only inside 
  the building. You must report the fire by phone.

• On large fires that do not appear controllable, evacuate all rooms, closing all doors to confine the fire and
   reduce oxygen and immediately notify the Campus Police. Do not lock doors.

• When evacuating walk quickly to the nearest marked exit, and alert others to do the same. Dorm Directors
   should ensure that all individuals have evacuated.

• Assist the handicapped in exiting the building.

• Do not use the elevators during a fire.

• Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic.

• Once outside, move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire
   lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.

• In an evacuation, report to your designated building assembly location. Stay there until an accurate 
   headcount is taken. The Dorm Directors will take attendance and assist in the accounting of all building
   occupants.

• If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.

• An Emergency Command Post (ECP) may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of this area 
   unless you have official business. • Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by an
   authorized College official.

Note: If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a marker for rescue crews. If there is no window, stay as close to the floor as possible, where the air will be less toxic. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location.
Posted Date:
2/9/2015 12:38:42 PM

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