Fire Safety

Students play an important role in preventing fires and responding appropriately to emergencies. Additionally, residents are responsible for complying with fire safety policies, procedures, and guidelines as stated in the Residential Life Community Standards.

Important Safety Tips:

  • Never cover, obstruct, or tamper with a smoke detector or any fire safety equipment.
  • Never hang items from sprinklers or pipes.
  • Candles and incense, lit or unlit, are not permitted in students’ rooms or any other areas of the residence halls. 
  • Never leave cooking food unattended, whether on the stove or in the microwave or oven.

For more fire safety guidelines, please review the Community Standards.

What to do in Case of a Fire

If you discover a fire:

  • Close the door to the fire area (if possible).
  • Activate the building fire alarm system.
  • Call 413-545-2121 and report the exact fire location.
  • Stay clear of the building and await further instructions.
  • Use a portable fire extinguisher if the fire is small, you can use it safely, you have been trained, and only after the building fire alarm system has been activated.

If you are in a fire area:

  • Stay as calm as you can.
  • Feel closed doors from top to bottom for heat, using the back of your hand.
  • Crouch low and open the door slowly.
  • If safe, go into the hallway and close the door behind you. Leave the door unlocked so firefighters do not have to break down doors to search for trapped residents.
  • Activate the building fire alarm system.
  • Let others know they must evacuate the building.
  • Go to the nearest stairway and leave the building in a prompt and orderly manner. If the stairway is full of smoke, go to another stairway.

If you are trapped by a fire:

  • Do not panic.
  • Pack the space under the door with wet towels, clothing, or other material.
  • Dial 911 and report your location.
  • Go to a window, open it, wave a white or brightly colored cloth from it, and call to any people below.
  • Do not break windows unless smoke is pouring into your room and you need fresh air to breathe.
  • Stay near the window where you can be seen. Do not hide under the bed or in the closet.
  • If you cannot get to a window, go to an inside corner of the room, curl up on the floor, and protect your face with a wet cloth. Stay calm, breathe slowly, and call out for help when you hear rescue personnel in the hallway.