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Fire/alarm evacuation process

Each semester, the Office of Residential Life & Housing, Safety & Security and Facilities and Capital Projects conduct fire drills in each campus building. These drills are conducted in accordance with the towns of Pleasantville Fire Regulations to assess the evacuation procedure and ensure proper operation of the fire alarm systems. Because of the differences in the physical facilities and fire safety laws of each location, Resident Assistants will instruct residents on proper evacuation procedures at the first section meeting. Residents are encouraged to ask questions at any time if any procedure seems unclear. All residents MUST exit the building every time the alarm sounds. They are not permitted to remain in the lobby. They are to stand at least 100 feet from the building.

They must report to the pre-assigned meeting point. When evacuating the Townhouses, please close, but do not lock all bedroom and bathroom doors when exiting. In the event of a real fire, if the stairwell and front door are unreachable, the back bedroom on the third floor (BEDROOM D) in every Townhouse has an escape ladder in front of the window.

Evacuation of Residential Facilities

Every resident needs to know where the nearest exit (stairwell) and the alternate exit from their room: From their room, residents should count the number of doors to the stairs left and right of the room. This will assist them in locating the stairwells if and when they encounter a smoke condition as they crawl low in the corridor to the evacuation stairs. After evacuating the building: Stand at least 100 feet away from the building.

Report any concerns to the RA on duty or Safety and Security.

Wait for instructions from Emergency personnel, Safety and Security or the Office of Residential Life & Housing.

Life Safety Survival Skills

Upon hearing a building fire alarm, the first life safety survival skill begins before opening The room door by following steps 1 and 2.

  • Students should feel the top of the door using the back of their hand for heat and/or look through the door vision hole:

    If not hot, open the door slowly by viewing onto the corridor at a level below the doorknob. This allows students not to breathe in any potential smoke that may be present.

    If smoke and heat are present , crawl low to the exit and evacuate the building. Count the number of doors to the stairwell. If students encounter heavy smoke in the stairwell, use alternate stairs or go back to their room and follow the steps below.
  • If after feeling heat at the top of the door, feel the doorknob, if doorknob is hot, do not open door: Stuff towels or clothing under door and continue sealing around the door. If possible continually wet the cloths or use duct tape to seal door openings.

    Students will then call 911 to give their exact location in the building, the floor level and room number as well as the number of people in the room. Wave a white towel or sheet out of a window to signal attention. If a smoke condition comes into the room open the double hung windows 6 inches from top and bottom and breathe air from the bottom of window. If a slide or crank out window, open a few inches.
  • Break glass only as a last resort, flame and smoke from a fire below may enter the room.

    Failure to leave the building immediately will result in disciplinary action, including fines up to $100.00.

Tampering With The Fire Safety Equipment

(including, but not limited to smoke/heat detectors, sprinkler heads or fire extinguishers) IS A SERIOUS OFFENSE, AND MAY RESULT IN SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION FROM RESIDENCE OR PACE UNIVERSITY. Propping open fire exit doors, blocking exits, doorways, hallways or stairwells with personal objects are also not allowed.