- In the event of a fire, follow the instructions that are given in the Fire Action Notices that are displayed throughout the buildings. If you discover a fire:-
- Sound the alarm using the nearest alarm call point
- Leave the building quickly and calmly by the nearest fire exit route
- Inform staff
- NEVER attempt to tackle a fire yourself unless you have been trained in the use of fire extinguishers and feel confident that you can do so without endangering the safety of yourself and others.
ON HEARING THE FIRE ALARM
- Switch off any appliances if it can be done promptly and without risk
- Leave the building immediately using the nearest available fire exit. All fire exit routes are clearly indicated with the emergency signs bearing ‘a running man’ symbol.
- Do not stop to collect personal belongings
- Do not take any risks
- Close the doors behind you as you leave your room.
- Go directly to the Fire Assembly Point designated to your building (as indicated on the fire action notices).
- DO NOT re-enter to collect personal belongings
DO NOT re-enter the building until instructed to do so by a member of staff or a fire officer
To protect you, the alarm system is sensitive, so to minimise accidental activations (and annoying your fellow tenants), have a gander at these tips.
- Close kitchen doors when cooking
- Close shower room doors as steam can trigger an alarm
- Avoid using aerosol cans beneath the detectors
- Do not cover or tamper with the detectors, (this will show on the main fire panel)
- Do not use candles, incense sticks, pipes or oil burning lamps, electrical fires, gas fires, paraffin heaters, portable radiators, sunbeds, deep fat fryers, chip pans or disposable BBQs within the building
- ALWAYS REMEMBER
- Do not remove fire extinguishers from designated areas
- Keep emergency exits clear
- If a detector starts to make a sound report to site reception immediately
- Keep fire doors closed at all times, never wedge them open folks!
- Do not cover the smoke detector, this is a breach of contract and an illegal offence to tamper with fire protection or suppression systems in a public building.
FIRE DRILL AND TESTING
Fire drills occur during the academic year, we’ll never do it at a silly hour but this is a necessity. In addition to drills the fire alarm will be tested on a weekly basis in accordance with legislation. If the alarm sounds for more than 30 seconds, then assume this is not a test and evacuate the building.
A fire safety policy is in force to minimise the risk of fire and accidental alarms. Failure to comply with the policy may result in disciplinary action; refer to your terms and conditions for more info. In addition, under The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, the activation of a false
alarm can result in the issue of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO), a Penalty Notice for £80.00 and if put before the courts, imprisonments and/or a fine not exceeding £2500. You could also be suspended from the University, which of course would be a massive downer.