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Fire Safety

Housing Services takes fire safety very seriously. Residents are encouraged to read more in their Guide to Student Housing (Lincoln Park) (University Center​) about fire safety and are required to participate in all fire drills.

Tips for Fire Safety

Create an Escape Plan

  • Know the fire safety rules and guidelines.
  • Participate in fire drills.
  • Know where your exits are located — identify an alternate exit should your main exit be blocked.
  • Understand your escape route — could you find your way in the dark?
  • Locate the closest fire alarm pull station.

When the Alarm Sounds

  • Leave immediately; do not stop for any belongings.
  • Treat every alarm as real.
  • Remember that timing is everything and the sooner you can reach the safest and closest exit, the better.
  • Feel doors before opening to see if they are hot.
  • If the door is hot, take another route.
  • If the door is not hot, open it slowly and close the door behind you.
  • Never try to stay and fight a fire and NEVER try to return after you have escaped.

If You Cannot Get Out

  • Keep the door closed and put a towel or T-shirt at the bottom to keep smoke from entering the room.
  • If you do NOT see smoke outside of your window, then open it slightly to let fresh air in.
  • Signal for help by yelling or hanging an object in the window.
  • If you have a phone, call the fire department or 911 to report that you are trapped (include your location and room number).

Fire Safety Evacuation Map

For a map of the evacuation locations for each residence hall, view the fire safety evacuation map.

Fire Safety Posters

Housing Services hangs posters in residence halls each year to build awareness of fire safety procedures. Below are past campaigns:

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