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					           FIRE SAFETY –
           RESIDENTIAL
             FACILITIES

For all staff members in Housing and Residence Life (HRL),
        at Deming and other residential facilities who are
    responsible for emergency response in the case of a fire
                          July 2008



        Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
             Campus Resources
• Health & Safety Issues
  – Office of Environmental Health & Safety
    (OEHS)
     • Uptown Campus: 865-5307
     • Downtown Campus: 988-5486
• Public Safety
  – Uptown Campus: Tulane University
    Department of Public Safety (TUDPS)
     • Emergency: 865-5200 - Non-Emergency: 865-5381

      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
              Campus Resources
• Public Safety
   – Downtown Campus: Tulane University Health Sciences
     Center Police Department (TUHSC Police)
      • Emergency: 988-5555 - Non-Emergency: 988-5531
• Maintenance issues
   – Uptown Campus – notify Facilities Services
      • Non-emergency – submit via http://servicewave.tulane.edu;
        include name, room location, specific issue
      • Emergency – contact Service Control Center, 865-5445
   – Downtown Campus
      • Deming staff receives occupant reports.


       Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
• Oxygen, heat/ignition source, & fuel must be
  present for fire to occur.
• Fuels can be in form of solid, liquid or gas.
• Ignition sources: ex., smoking materials, candles,
  appliances
       Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
       Products of Combustion

•   Heat
•   Flame
•   Smoke
•   Fire Gases




       Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
               Before It’s A Fire
                       (Fire Prevention)

• Fire safety policies
  – Use only permitted appliances.
  – Candles, incense, etc. are prohibited.
  – Refrain from tampering with fire safety
    equipment (fire extinguishers, smoke detectors,
    sprinklers, etc.)
  – Evacuate the building when the fire alarm
    sounds.

      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
               Before It’s A Fire
                       (Fire Prevention)

• Report/address unsafe conditions.
  – Exit signs: not illuminated, missing or
    damaged
  – Room doors: poor repair, not latching
  – Stairwells: doors blocked open or not
    latching, storage
  – Corridors: trip hazards, obstructions
  – Fire alarm pull stations: poor repair, blocked

      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
               Before It’s A Fire
                           (Preparation)


• Know actions to take.

• Know exit locations (at least two ways out).

• Learn to use/locate fire extinguishers.


      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
               Before It’s A Fire
                           (Preparation)

Emergency Action Plan
  – Assists in conducting
    safe/effective
    evacuations
  – Developed for each
    residence hall
  – Designates an assembly
    location for each hall
  – Staff trained by
    Departmental Safety
    Representatives (DSR)


      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
                Fire Response
If you discover the fire, use the acronym
                 ESCAPE.
  • Evaluate the situation.
  • Secure the Area - Remove occupants from
    immediate area.
  • Close the doors to contain the fire/smoke.
  • Activate the fire alarm – using manual pull station.
  • Phone public safety:
       – Uptown campus - 865-5200 (ext 5200), TUDPS
       – Downtown campus - 988-5555 (ext 55555), TUHSC
         Police
  • Extinguish the fire – using a portable fire
    extinguisher, as appropriate.

   Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
   Portable Fire Extinguishers

• – To use them, remember PASS
  – Pull the pin
  – Aim the nozzle at the base
     of the fire
  – Squeeze the handle, and
  – Sweep the fire from side to
     side



      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
Fire extinguisher classifications correspond to the classes
   of fire that can be extinguished by that extinguisher.
                       A – ordinary combustibles
                          B – flammable liquids
                    C – energized electrical equipment
                         D – combustible metals




    Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
                   Fire Response
• When you hear the fire alarm:
  – Staff
     • Follow your procedures.
     • Check fire alarm panel which will indicate
       floor/zone in alarm.
     • Evacuate building using the nearest stairwell or
       ground floor exit.
     • Account for all persons – make sure that everyone is
       out of the building.



      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
                    Fire Response
• When you hear the fire alarm:
  – Staff (continued)
     • Report to First Responders – TUDPS or TUHSC
       Police, Facilities Services, or Fire Dept
          – Location of fire/alarm activation
          – Conditions – smoke, flames, heat
          – Evacuation status
     • Assemble at the designated location.
     • Do not re-enter until “All Clear” is issued by
       TUDPS or TUHSC Police.


      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
                 Fire Response
• When you hear the fire alarm.
  – Students - Evacuate immediately.
     • Use the nearest stairwell or ground floor
       exit.
     • Assemble at the designated location.
     • Once out stay out.
         – Do not re-enter until “All Clear” is issued by
           TUDPS or TUHSC Police.



     Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
      Fire Safety Programming

• In Student Training, inform residents of:
  – Recognizing/preventing/correcting potentially
    hazardous situations
  – Emergency preparedness
  – Actions to take during fire alarm




      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
        Fire Safety Programming
• Fire Drills
  – Why are they done? Practice for occupants.
    Educates occupants on building fire safety
    features, egress facilities, & evacuation
    procedures. Required by LA State Fire
    Marshal
  – How often?
     • 5/year (2/semester, winter and fall; 1/summer
       semester; 2 at night when residents are sleeping)
  – Coordinated and documented by OEHS

      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
           Failure to Evacuate
          – Is it worth the risk?
• Perception: It won’t happen to me.
• Results in increased risk from fire.
• Fires occur in college environments.




      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
                          Reporting
• Report all fires immediately to Campus Police
  – Uptown Campus: Call 865-5200 or use emergency
    phones.
  – Downtown Campus: Call 988-5555 or ext. 55555.
• Do not dial 911; Campus Police will contact
  the Fire Department
• Staff must document all fire alarm activations
  – HRL staff use the form, “Tulane University Fire
    Alarm Activation Report”
  – Send a copy to OEHS
      Tulane University - Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
          Tulane University
      Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)
                  www.som.tulane.edu/oehs
Uptown: Karen Douglas, OEHS, 865-5307, kdougla1@tulane.edu
  Downtown: Carol Ardeneaux, TUHSC Housing, 988-6275,
                     deming@tulane.edu
        If unable to proceed to quiz, type the link below into your browser   Proceed to Quiz
            https://pandora.tcs.tulane.edu/ehs/enterssn.cfm?testnum=42

				
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