Fire Prevention and Procedures

Fire Prevention

  1. The University is committed to preventing the occurrence of fires and situations that may promote a fire at the University.
  2. Fire prevention is the responsibility of all personnel. Employees and students should follow safe practices to minimize the hazard of fire. 
    1. No fire door will be propped open. Wedges and obstructions will be removed immediately.
    2. No fire door will be locked or obstructed.
    3. Under no circumstances shall open flame be allowed in buildings except for "hot work," which will conform to CMU's Hot Work Policy. This includes the use of candles.
    4. All missing, obstructed, or damaged fire extinguishers shall be immediately reported to the Environmental Health and Safety.
  3. All fire protection equipment will be inspected on a periodic basis. Results of inspection will be recorded.
    1. Equipment to be inspected will include:
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Smoke detectors
    • Fire alarm system
    • Fire sprinkler system (if applicable)
    • Emergency lighting (if applicable)
    • Emergency generators (if applicable)
Areas to be inspected will include:

  1. Blocked or locked fire exits
  2. Housekeeping procedures
  3. Smoking in non-designated areas
  4. Flammable/combustible materials not stored properly

Procedures when a fire is found

  1. In the event that a fire is spotted, it is extremely important to know the evacuation procedure. It is also imperative that the following procedure be initiated immediately. Immediately trigger the fire alarm by using one of the wall pull stations. The locations of these stations are shown on the building floor plans.
  2. Call 911 and provide the location of the fire.
  3. If you have been trained, attempt to extinguish the fire. Only use an extinguisher on a small fire using the PASS technique:
    1. Pull
    2. Aim
    3. Squeeze
    4. Sweep
  4. Confine fire by closing doors as you leave the area.
  5. Evacuate the facility using the evacuation procedure found in the building emergency action plan evacuation procedure. It is the responsibility of the faculty and staff to make certain that all occupants are out of their immediate area.
  6. Advise the Mount Pleasant Fire Department upon arrival if everyone is accounted for.
  7. Move as far away from the building as possible.

If you have questions or need further information please contact the Risk Management, Environmental Health & Safety Office at (989) 774-7398 or ​