Regular fire drills are conducted at the student halls and academic buildings to familiarize students with fire evacuation procedures. Get to know the procedures, fire escape routes and assembly points. If you have questions, ask. For your own life and safety, you must cooperate and participate in the drills.
Fire service installations such as detectors and sprinklers are there to protect your life. Do not interfere with these installations or impede their proper functioning.
Fire doors are there to control fire and the spread of smoke. Do not leave fire doors open.
If you live in a student hall:
- Do not smoke in the rooms.
- Do not cook in areas other than the pantries or kitchens.
- Do not overload the power supply in your room by plugging too many electrical appliances to the wall socket.
- Do not use sub-standard electrical equipment or appliances.
What to do:
- Evacuate the building by the nearest available staircase or exit. Do not use the lifts.
- Do not take anything larger than a briefcase.
- Be considerate: walk in an orderly manner, do not run.
- Go to the nearest assembly area when you leave the building.
- Do not return to the building until clearance is given by a Fire Services Department Officer in charge of the scene.
- If the fire alarm has not yet sounded, go to the nearest breakglass point and activate the alarm.
- Alert people nearby by shouting Fire.
- Call the Campus Security Control Center at 2358 8999 and state clearly the location of the fire.
- Do not take any personal risk. Try to extinguish the fire by using fire fighting equipment only if you have learned how to use the equipment and it is safe for you to do so. Make sure that your escape route will not be impeded by the fire.
- If the fire gets out of your control, close the door behind you and leave the area by following fire evacuation procedures.
- In the Residential / Apartments Halls
Leave the building immediately by following fire evacuation procedures.
- In the Academic and Administration Building
Stay calm and check if there are any signs of fire in the vicinity.
- If no sign of a fire in the vicinity is found
Stay alert and prepare to evacuate. Pay attention to any P/A announcements until the fire alarm is silenced.
- If a fire or smoke is discovered,
If you are told to evacuate by your lecturer or a P/A announcement, or
If the alarm sounds for more than two minutes
Leave the building immediately by following fire fire evacuation procedures.
If you encounter smoke, turn back and escape through an alternative escape route. Do not try to run through smoke.
If you are caught in smoke on your way to an exit, crawl out.
If you are trapped in a room by a smoke filled corridor:
- Close the door and open the windows.
- If fire and smoke are coming from outside the windows, close the windows and remove all combustible materials around them.
- Seal the gaps around the door with sheets or cloths.
- If water is available, wet the sheets and cloths.
- Fill bathtubs, basins or buckets with water to fight the fire if necessary.
- Put a wet cloth around your nose and mouth if there is smoke in your room.
- Sit by the window and call and signal for help.
- Do not jump.