Fires are extremely dangerous, deadly and can spread very fast. If you encounter a fire in your building or residence get out and away from the danger and follow the below procedures.

  • Remain calm;
  • If you smell or see smoke or fire, activate the nearest fire alarm, if the alarm is not activated automatically.
  • Do not attempt to fight the fire yourself unless you have been trained in the use of firefighting equipment and it is safe to do so;
  • Evacuate immediately by going to the nearest marked exit;
    • Exit quickly and calmly; do not attempt to take anything with you;
    • Close, but don't lock door behind you to contain the fire;
    • When exiting through a door check the door and handle. If the door or handle is hot to the touch or smoke is present, do not open the door and choose an alternative route;
    • If the fire or smoke keeps you from exiting the building, go to a room far away from the fire, shut the door, open a window and signal for help by waving an article of clothing or making loud noises. If possible, try to seal the bottom of the door with an article of clothing (jacket, etc.) to prevent smoke from entering the room. Call 911 to report your situation;
    • Exit via stairwells only. Do NOT attempt to use elevators;
    • Assist disabled persons or others who may need assistance. if you cannot assist others direct emergency personnel to them;
  • Do not let the fire and heavy smoke come between you and an exit. Choose an alternate route if fire and heavy smoke is in your path;
  • If caught in heavy smoke, take short breaths, crouch down or crawl as close to the floor and wall as possible;
  • Once outside and a safe distance from the building, call 911. The following information should be given to the dispatcher:
    • Location of the situation;
    • Description of the situation (i.e. fire, smoke in building, alarm sounding);
    • Your name;
  • Remember:
    • Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel;
    • An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be setup near the emergency site. Keep clear of the EOC unless you have important information to report;
    • Return to the building only when instructed to do so by a CMU Official or other emergency personnel;
    • Everyone should be alert to potential fire hazards: frayed electric cords, defective power strips, electrical overloads, coffee pots left on, etc. Report any potential hazards to a CMU Official.
Fire Safety Information
  1. Higher Education Opportunity Act
    1. Fire Safety Excerpt pdf
  2. Fire System Description Documents
    1. Residence Halls Fire Systems
    2. Tampering with Fire Systems: Misuse of the fire alarm system, sounding of a false alarm, or tampering with other safety equipment such as fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. The minimum disciplinary level for this offense is Level Five plus police involvement up to Level Six. See the student handbook for details.
  3. Policies and\or Rules
    1.  Portable Electrical Appliances
      • For fire safety reasons, CMU prohibits the use of any open-coiled appliance any place in residence halls other than the designated cooking areas. "Open-coil" refers to all hot plates, toasters of any sort, portable or camping stoves, pizza cooker, and anything else with an open flame or coil.
      • Halogen lamps are not allowed in resident hall rooms or organization meeting rooms.
    2. Smoking: Smoking is not permitted in any building on campus. Smoking is not permitted within twenty feet of any building entrance. Tobacco chewers may not spit on sidewalks or floors.
    3. Open Flames: Candles are not to be used or displayed on campus. With the exception of a smoker's personal use of a lighter or match in the designated smoking areas no open flame of any sort is permitted. Linn Memorial UMC parish house and sanctuary, and the Jacobs Conference Center are NOT exempt from this regulation.
    4. Education and Training
      • Students
        • Students are provided information every semester on what to do in the event of a fire. Residence hall fire drills are conducted every semester and fire procedures are reviewed during residence hall meetings. Students are also encouraged to sign-up for the University text notification system, Eagle Alerts.
      • Faculty and staff are provided information every semester on what to do in the event of a fire. A campus-wide fire drill is conducted annually during the academic year. Residence hall directors and assistants are provided formal training on the use of a fire extinguisher. All faculty and staff are encouraged to sign-up for the University mass notification system.
  4. Fire Incident Documents
    1. 2011-12pdf
    2. 2012-13pdf
    3. 2013-14pdf
    4. 2014-15pdf