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1 Community Coordinator Fire and Safety Training

2 Overview Emergency Numbers Fire Alarms and Sprinklers Emergency Action Plan Fire Prevention Fire Statistics Room Inspections

3 University Dorm Fire Kills 1, Injures 22 A FIRE STARTED EARLY FRIDAY MORNING in a student dormitory of the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, France. The fire began around 7am in a 4 th floor apartment of a 7-story building and spread to several floors, eventually burning 15 living quarters and damaging 25 more. At 1pm the body of an 18 yr old male student who had died was found and removed from his burned out apartment. Most of the victims that are hospitalized are suffering from smoke inhalation. The cause is still unknown. In The News

4 Fire Statistics According to NFPA, between 2003 – 2006, fire departments responded to an estimated 3,570 fires that occurred in college dorms, fraternity and sorority houses. Which caused an annual average of 7 civilian deaths, and 54 civilian injuries, and $29.4 million in direct damages.

5 Emergency Numbers In Case of an emergency dial Public Safety From Campus phone: or 911 Public Safety From a Cell phone:

6 Emergency Action Plan Every Residence Hall Must have a plan. Emergency action plan can make the difference in case of a fire. Have you read yours? All residents must be aware of all exits. Be familiar with all alarm sounds. Know the location of all pull stations. Know how to read a floor map. Know the location of the Resident Hall rally point.

7 Emergency Action Plan Residents must be aware of all exits, including exits they do not normally use. Floor maps and exit routes can be located on the backs of all doors.

8 Emergency Action Plan Students must be familiar with all alarm sounds, and the location of all alarm pull stations. Maine State law: Requires two fire drills per semester.

9 Emergency Action Plan A Rally point is the designated location outside the building where all students go after exiting the building. You will be shown your buildings rally point after being assigned to a Residence Hall.

10 Emergency Action Plan Rally points are used to confirm that all students have safely exited the building and are accounted for. RAs will conduct a head count to present to the fire depart. and key UMaine staff.

11 Prevention Smoke alarms are located in all rooms and hallways and are used to alert residences of a fire. All residence halls except Estebrook, are equipped with sprinkler systems to prevent the spread of fires. It is important that smoke alarms and sprinklers are clear of all objects that may decrease their effectiveness.

12 Fire Alarms and Sprinklers Sprinklers must have a minimum vertical clearance of 18inchs (45.7cm) between sprinkler and material below. OSHA Objects closer than 18inchs have the potential to block sprinklers, and increase the spread of fires.

13 Fire Alarms and Sprinklers Lofts must meet minimum sprinkler clearance No items may be hung from sprinklers

14 Fire Alarms and Sprinklers Dorm room sprinkler demonstration

15 Fire Doors Fire doors are used to prevent the spread of fire, and should not be propped open for any reason. Before opening a Fire Door, feel the door for heat to ensure there is no fire on the other side. Fire Doors used on the UMaine campus are rated at 1.5 hours.

16 Fire Doors The picture on the left is the outside of a fire door after a fire. The picture on the right is the inside of that same door, with minimal damage to the inside room. In case of a fire, when no exits are available, Fire Doors have the ability to make a room into a safe place.

17 Fire Prevention Strategies The best way to prevent a fire is to ensure that all regulations are met, and that no area of the building is at risk. Community Coordinators should: Ensure that all rooms are free of banned appliances. Walls and Doors are not covered with too much decorations. Extension cords and power strips are being used correctly No candles or incense are being used in the rooms No chemicals are being stored within the resident halls

18 Fire Prevention Strategies Octopus and Halogen lights are not allowed in resident halls due to their increased risk in causing burns and fires.

19 Fire Prevention Permitted appliances are listed on the Residence Life web page, under Guide to Campus living Guide to Campus livingGuide to Campus livingGuide to Campus living Appliances listed have been equipped with automatic shut offs and other fire preventative features. Appliances not listed have been labeled high risk appliances, and should not be used resident halls dues to their increased risk of starting fires, and or causing harmful burns.

20 Fire Prevention Improper use of extension cords and power strips have the potential to generate excessive heat, which may result in fires or burns. Most common violation on campus, and the most likely to cause a fire.

21 Fire Prevention All extension cords must be three prong to ensure proper grounding. three prong to two prong adapters are not allowed to be used in resident halls.

22 Fire Prevention Power strips may not be daisy chained to create more outlets, because of the increased risk of creating fires. Power strips may not be plugged into an extension cord.

23 Fire Prevention No lit candles, open flames, or spark-producing devices are permitted in resident halls. This includes incense.

24 Fire Prevention No chemicals are permitted in resident halls. These include but are not limited to: Charcoal, Gas, Lighter fluid, Acids.

25 Health & Safety Inspections Health & Safety Inspections are done by CC (Community Coordinators) during fall and spring semesters. CCs are required to complete form, and record all damages and violations.

26 Health & Safety Inspections Health & Safety inspections are the best way to ensure students are following all resident hall regulations. Health & Safety inspections are the best way to ensure students are following all resident hall regulations. Inspections are performed once every semester, and before all breaks.

27 Health & Safety Inspections Things to look for during Health & and safety inspection Non-permitted cooking appliances. Non-permitted lighting fixtures. Over decorated walls and doors. Objects being hung from ceiling Objects being hung from ceiling lights Non-permitted chemicals

28 Health & Safety Inspections Things to look for during a Health & and safety inspection Smoke alarms are free of all obstructions Sprinklers have proper vertical clearance No objects are being hung from sprinklers Improper use of extension cords and power strips. Check to ensure all rooms have door maps, and highlighted exit routes.

29 Health & Safety Inspections What to do when non-permitted things are found in residents rooms. Depending on the severity of the violation, you should Warn the resident of the violation, and ensure the violation is fixed. File a report, and ensure the violation is fixed Call Public Safety

30 Response What to do in case of a fire in your residence hall. If alarm has not sounded, locate the nearest pull alarm stations and initiate an evacuation by pulling the alarm. If alarm has sounded, find a safe exit, and exit the building. Do not bring personal belongings. Once safely exited, move to resident hall rally point and wait for further instructions by officials. Do not re-enter the building until it has been cleared by officials, and is safe to go back.

31 Recovery After a fire it is important that all resident halls are properly cleaned, and that all damaged items are removed, and discarded. In the case of a fire, lists will be given to all residents informing them of the items that are no longer safe due to fire damages. These items include: food, make-up, medications, contact lens, hygiene products...

32 Fire Science Fires can spread at an amazing rate, and should not be taken lightly. Proper preventative actions can ensure a safe resident hall. 73% of all dorm related fires are caused by cooking related accidence.

33 General health Community Coordinators are not responsible for bodily fluid clean up. Report bodily fluids to: Week Days: Custodial. Nights and weekends Non-emergency: Public Safety.

34 Summery All Resident Halls must have an Emergency action plan. All Residents should be aware of all exits, floor maps, stairways, and fire alarms. No resident may use non-permitted appliances. No resident may use non-permitted lights. Extension cords and power strips should be used properly.

35 Summery cont. No spark producing devices may be used No chemicals may be stored in Resident Halls Health and Safety Inspections are performed once per semester. Be familiar with non-permitted devices. Be Familiar with your residents emergency action plan


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