Stetson University

Fire Safety

As a member of the campus community we all have a responsibility to prevent fires.

  • You should be aware of any special fire hazards that exist on campus.
  • Cooperate with campus authorities in fire prevention efforts.
  • You should know the proper emergency procedures for your area, as well as the Stetson University emergency phone number. Public Safety's phone number is 386-822-7300.

Fire Hazards on Campus

  • Smoking Material - Carelessness with cigarettes, matches, etc., account for many campus fires. Smoking is not allowed in any building at Stetson University. Instead, use appropriate, designated smoking areas.
  • Flames - Candles can be dangerous. Leaving them burning unattended or too close to combustible materials can lead to fires. There are no open flames allowed on campus, except in approved areas (labs, Chapel services, etc.)
  • Decorations - Some decorations ignite easily and allow fire to spread rapidly. These include holiday decorations, posters, sheer curtains and flammables tucked into drop ceilings.
  • Trash - Accumulation of trash and newspapers, especially in corridors and stairwells, are a fire hazard.
  • Flammable Liquids - Common materials like paint, hair spray and other fluids can be a fire hazard if they are handled or stored improperly.
  • Appliances - Hot plates, electrical blankets, irons, toaster ovens, hair dryers and portable space heaters can all become fire hazards if not properly handled.

Fire Prevention

  • Smoke only in designated areas.
  • Ensure proper housekeeping. Store trash away from heat and don't allow it to pile up.
  • Use only approved appliances carefully.
  • Don't overload electrical circuits.
  • Use grills only where approved, never indoors or in stairwells.

Fire Safety Features

  • Fire Extinguishers - Find out where they are located in your building.
  • Fire Doors - Prevent fire and smoke from spreading and provide a safe escape route. Keep these doors closed at all times and ensure that access to them is not blocked.
  • Fire Alarms - Know where all pull stations are in your area and know how to activate them. If you hear a fire alarm, evacuate the building immediately and remain out of the building until a university or fire service official authorizes re-entry.
  • Fire Exits - These are designed to provide an exit from fire or other emergency situations. Know where they are in your area and keep them free from all debris.
  • Smoke Detectors - These will alert you of any smoke or fire danger. Check for their location in you area. Ensure that items are not hung from detectors and that they remain uncovered.
  • Tampering - Do not allow any tampering of fire safety equipment. Do not touch or activate any device unless there is an emergency.

In Case of an Emergency

  1. Stay calm.
  2. Sound the alarm.
  3. Call 911 first and then Public Safety (386-822-7300 or use a nearby emergency blue phone).
  4. Give your full name and location of the problem and answer all questions before hanging up (safety permitting).
  5. Attempt to alert others in your area.
  6. Exit the building via stairwells/emergency exits. Do not use the elevator.
  7. Have an outside meeting place to take a head count.
  8. Once outside, stay outside until a campus or fire safety official has given you the ok to re-enter the building.
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