News & Announcements

Safety Topic: General Fire Safety Rules
Monday, August 22, 2011

 The following general fire safety rules apply to all Columbia University Medical Center building occupants:

-Remain calm at all times in an emergency.

-Keep all corridors and exit doors free of obstructions.

-Report immediately to the department of Facilities Management any electrical hazards such as sparks from fixtures and switches, blown fuses, overheated motors and shock tingle when electrical equipment is touched.

-Maintain a minimum of 18 inch clearance from top shelf storage.

-Never obstruct or use wedges to keep fire/smoke doors open.

-Know where the fire alarm pull boxes are in your work area.

-Know where the fire extinguishers are in your work area.

-Know the staircase nearest to your work area.

-Remember Smoking is prohibited on campus ...inside and outside!!


 A fire/smoke condition is a RACE against time as fire spreads rapidly.

The letters of the key word R.A.C.E. serve as a guide for the appropriate action

to be taken in the event of a fire or smoke condition.


RESCUE: Rescue or remove all persons in immediate danger.

ALARM: Dial “911” and activate the nearest manual pull station (strategically located near exits).

CONFINE: Confine the fire by closing all doors and windows.

EXTINGUISH/ EVACUATE: Extinguish the fire by using the nearest fire extinguisher ONLY if there is no threat to you. Evacuate via the nearest means of egress.

< back to news
Need Help? Contact Facilities Management

212-305-Help (4357), select 'Option 3'
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All other times, call Public Safety at
305-8100 for routine matters or
305-7979 for an on-campus emergency.

  • banner_contactus
  • banner_rates
  • banner_projectRequest

Facilities Operations

650 West 168th Street
Black Building, Room B-02
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-305-4357 (Option 3)
Fax: (212) 305-1026

Parking Office

650 West 168th Street
Black Building
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-305-4357 (Option 7)
Fax: 212-305-1026

Columbia University
School of Nursing

Housing Services

50 Haven Avenue
Bard Hall, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10032
Tel: 212-304-7000
or 212-305-4357 (Option 2)


Vagelos Education Center

Service excellence through innovation, value, communication and quality.