St. John's Policy on Fire Emergency is that employees are not required to fight fires and should evacuate the building immediately in the event of a fire. St. John's Fire Department has the primary responsibility for managing fire emergencies and must be notified immediately of such situations at their emergency number (911). Designated employees may use fire extinguishers to fight small, incipient stage fires only if they have been trained in the proper use of a fire extinguisher and are confident in their ability to cope with the hazards of a fire. In such cases, fire-fighting efforts must be terminated when it becomes obvious that there is danger of harm from smoke, heat or flames.
Reporting Fires & Emergencies
If a fire is discovered, activate the nearest fire alarm and from on campus line phone, dial 911. If the fire alarm does not work, or the building is not equipped with one, dial 911 and notify occupants verbally of the emergency and the need to evacuate.
Hazardous equipment or processes should be shut down before leaving, unless if doing so presents a greater hazard. Remember to close all doors as you leave, if conditions permit. Some exterior or hallway doors are on magnetic door closer and may close automatically upon fire alarm activation.
Evacuate via the nearest stairwell or grade level exit. Every department or operational units should have an established pre-designated assembly point in the departmental emergency action plan. After you have left the building, go to the pre-designated assembly point and remain there. At the assembly point, supervisors or in the absence of the supervisor, a volunteer within the group accounts for personnel and reports any that are unaccounted for to the Fire Safety Official or Emergency Response personnel.
During an emergency, students and visitors who may not be familiar with the area must be informed of the requirement and directed to evacuate upon alarm or other emergency warning. Special attention should also be given to any persons with disabilities within the building.
Each department is responsible for informing its employees on all elements of its emergency action plan. New employees must receive information when first assigned to the department. Additional information is necessary when an employee's required actions under the plan changes, or when there are changes to the plan. Request for additional information should be directed to Environmental Health & Safety (EHS).
The use of fire extinguishers must conform to the following guidelines, which are specified by the OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.157):
At St. John's, two main types of fire extinguishers are used. You must be trained in order to use them.
ABC - (the most common)
The following guidelines can help to prevent fires:
For a safety survey of your area, contact Fire department at 363-2742 or EHS at 363-3267 to make suitable arrangements.
Fire drills shall be conducted in accordance with the following frequencies:
Procedure for Planned Drills
All planned drills will be communicated in advance, to:
During any scheduled drill, if occupants do not evacuate a building in a reasonable amount of time, the drill is repeated until the officials conducting the drill are satisfied with the evacuation time. All repeat drills are unannounced.
Following each planned drill, the person in charge of administering the drill must complete a fire drill report form and forward it to EHS & bring it to safety committee for evaluation. A sample of the report form is included as Appendix B. The Safety Committee and other appropriate parties will review and comment on the form as necessary. A copy of the reviewed form shall be returned to the responsible party for filing.
Fire Alarm Testing
Fire alarm tests are scheduled at least one (1) week in advance. Employees will receive email notices announcing the scheduled tests. It is generally not necessary to evacuate the building during these tests, but some employees may find the intermittent blast of alarms uncomfortable and may wish to leave the area temporarily.
On a scheduled basis, facilities maintenance may check or arrange for contractors to check and test fire alarm systems, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers and fire hoses. In accordance with Federal/State Law, fire alarms are tested at least once a year by a qualified contractor, to make sure they are working properly in case of a real fire. Evacuation of a building is not required during a fire alarm test.
During a fire alarm test, all bells and/or horns are sounded to make sure they are operating properly. Then the bells are silenced and the rest of the system is tested. If a bell or horn does not work, it is noted down for repair. If you notice that a nearby bell or horn made no sound, bring it to the attention of maintenance personnel conducting the test or call 363-2144. Residents of other College Apartments equipped with smoke alarms are encouraged to test the system regularly. Repair is handled by Physical Plant section of facilities maintenance by calling 363-5101.
Sprinklers are an important part of the fire protection system in many of the campus buildings. Like fire alarms, these systems are checked on a regular basis. Their purpose is to suppress a fire and keep it from spreading. Water flowing in the system triggers the fire alarm. Please report any leaking sprinkler equipment to Physical Plant at 363-5101.
A popular activity in some buildings, "hall sports" (throwing objects like balls and Frisbees in hallways) can damage fire sprinkler system equipment. Designed to be sensitive to rising temperatures, sprinkler heads can be easily damaged when they are bumped. Likewise, hanging any objects or decorations from sprinkler heads and pipes can also cause damage.
All repair costs due to negligence may be charged to the department that sustained the damage. Residential Life may be charged with any damage in residence halls and depending on the circumstances, will attempt to bill the person responsible in order to keep down costs.
In buildings with fire alarm systems
In case of fire or situations requiring evacuation, pull alarm, this notifies the fire department and other response personnel. Then, if time allows call 911 with details. Evacuate promptly whenever alarm sounds.
In buildings without fire alarms:
Evacuation drills will be conducted annually and you must respond to them seriously.
If you discover a fire
Fight the fire ONLY if:
If you hear a fire alarm: