October 2017 Safety Topic: Fire Prevention
Fire drills are conducted to familiarize occupants with response procedures in an emergency. Fire Safety is everyone’s responsibility and awareness of your emergency exit routes are critical.
- At a minimum, every building must have two means of egress.
In an emergency, it’s extremely critical to keep corridors free from clutter. Obstructions will compromise evacuation, especially where visibility is reduced.
- Make sure all emergency exits and escape routes are clear.
Corridor/hallway doors on campus have a fire rating. These doors must remain closed. In the event of a fire, these doors are needed to confine the fire.
In order to prevent fires in the workplace, CUMC employees should implement the following safe work practices:
- Never block or obstruct access to firefighting equipment (e.g. extinguishers).
- Maintain a clean workplace. Excessive storage conditions can contribute to the growth of large fires and become obstacles during evacuation.
- Store flammable work materials and chemicals in a safe location away from any ignition sources.
- Ensure electrical cords are in good condition. Remove equipment from service if wires are found exposed or damaged until they have been repaired or replaced.
- Check that power outlets are not overloaded and that outlets and extension cords are capable of handling the voltage requirements.
CUMC is a smoke-free campus, therefore smoking is prohibited anywhere on campus.
In situations where there is an actual fire occurring, employees shall implement R.A.C.E. and P.A.S.S. procedures:
- R.A.C.E.: Rescue, Alarm, Confine, Extinguish/Evacuate
- P.A.S.S.: Pull the pin, Aim the hose, Squeeze the handle, Sweep side-to-side
In an emergency, always call CUMC Public Safety at (212) 305-7979.
Please note, fire officers are now available 24/7.