Fire Safety

Residence Life

Fire Safety

Building Evacuation Procedures

Know the location of all fire alarm pull stations and the fire safety equipment on the floor or in the building. Know the location of all exits throughout the building.

Upon Discovering Smoke or Flames

  1. Go immediately to the nearest fire alarm pull station and activate the building alarm.
  2. Vacate your room, close the door, and lock it, if time permits. (If you are in your room when the fire alarm sounds, check your door and doorknob to see if they are hot, if they are hot; do not attempt to leave your room.
  3. Keep your door closed. Hang something out of your window, call 911, and shout for help to attract attention).
  4. Vacate the building as quickly and safely as possible by the nearest accessible exit. Keep fire doors closed. Do not use elevators. If you encounter smoke while exiting, keep as low to the floor as possible.

Upon Hearing the Fire Alarm Sound

  1. Assume there is an actual fire somewhere in the building.
  2. Promptly vacate the room, close the windows and door, and lock them, if time permits.
  3. Vacate the building as quickly and safely as possible by the nearest accessible exit. Do not use elevators! If you encounter smoke while exiting, keep as low to the floor as possible.

After Vacating the Building

  1. Leave the immediate area of the building.
  2. Remain at least 200 ft. from the building at the designated meeting spot, until you receive further instructions from emergency personnel and staff members.

Fire Drills

Fire drills are conducted at least once per semester, in accordance with fire safety laws to familiarize occupants with the sounds of the fire alarm, the emergency exits, the procedure for evacuating the building, and to ensure fire alarm equipment is properly functioning. Failure to evacuate immediately during a fire drill will result in judicial/conduct conduct action and possible fines.

Protect Yourself and Your Possessions

Defective or missing fire protection and safety equipment should be reported immediately to the building desk. Be alert. Your safety frequently depends on your own attitude and actions. Remember, do not panic!

Fire Safety

  • All residential buildings are equipped with up-to-date fire protection systems, which include heat and/or smoke detectors.
  • Fire extinguishers are designed to fight small fires. Please identify where they are located and what kind of fires they are designed to fight. Do not block access to fire extinguishers. Report all extinguishers that are missing or damaged, or that have been used. Do not empty fire extinguishers as a prank.
  • Fire doors prevent fire and smoke from spreading and provide a safe escape route. Keep fire doors closed at all times. Report any that are in need of repair or that have been propped open. Do not block access to fire doors.
  • Fire escapes are meant to provide an exit from fire. Know how to find them-even if it is dark and smoky. Keep them free of obstructions, such as plants, bicycles, and storage boxes, etc..

Pulling a false alarm:

  • is a criminal offense,
  • can lead to serious criminal charges and civil liabilities,
  • causes building occupants to ignore genuine alarms,
  • may lead to fatalities, and
  • is a temptation resisted by mature people.


Do not pull an alarm or discharge a fire extinguisher unless necessary. Pulling or falsely activating a fire alarm is a serious safety hazard. The University reserves the right to sanction and/or charge anyone who intentionally sets off a fire alarm, without just cause. Additionally, misuse of fire equipment and/or false alarms may result in judicial/conduct action and fines.


Emergency Rooms at Area Hospitals

Geisinger Community Medical Center: (570) 703-8121
Regional Hospital of Scranton: (570) 348-7951
Moses Taylor Hospital: (570) 770-5000

WOMEN'S RESOURCE CENTER HOTLINE: (570) 346-4671(24 hours/day)
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