Fire Safety Information

  • At the start of the academic year every student receives a customized fire safety and evacuation memo for their particular residence hall in their mailbox. Each student should carefully review the memo and become familiar with the locations of the fire alarm pull stations, fire extinguishers and fire exits in the residence hall.
  • Every year fire drills are conducted to assist students in learning what the fire alarms sound like, to learn how to safely evacuate, and to help them to understand where they are expected to congregate outside.
  • It is expected that students will evacuate any time they hear a fire alarm.
  • Students may not cover, block or tamper with sprinkler heads, smoke detectors or any other fire safety device.
  • If a student discovers a fire, they are to immediately pull the nearest fire alarm pull station. The Chicago Fire Department will respond immediately to all alarms.
  • When a fire alarm sounds in the building, all occupants of the building are required to evacuate the building in a swift but orderly manner.
  • If a resident is in their room when an alarm sounds they should feel the door to the corridor before opening it. If the door is hot, they should keep it closed. Cover or stuff clothing in the cracks around the door. They should take no unnecessary chances to get out of the room. Unless the student is in immediate danger, they may be safer where they are. They should hang a sheet out of their window to alert the Fire Department to their location.
  • If the room door is cool, they may open it slightly. If the hall appears safe, they should leave by one of the fire stairwells. If possible, they should close the windows and door to their room when they leave. They should not lock the door and they should turn the room lights on. Knocking loudly on the room doors next to theirs as they exit is helpful to alert the neighbors.
  • Students should never use the elevator when evacuating the building.
  • Students should proceed down the stairwells in as orderly a manner as possible; keeping calm.
  • If a student is in the basement, they should follow the hallway to the nearest exit sign, go up one flight of stairs and exit on the first floor.
  • If a student must leave in heavy smoke, they should stay as close to the floor as possible. A wet cloth over their face may aid breathing.
  • The fire department will notify when it is safe to re-enter the building.