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Emergency Guidelines

Fire and Smoke

Members of the college community should become familiar with at least two evacuation routes from each building in which they study, work or reside as well as the location of fire alarm stations, emergency exits, and fire extinguishers in the area. In the event that a building needs to be evacuated for any reason, a fire alarm will be activated. YOU MUST LEAVE THE BUILDING WHEN THE ALARM SOUNDS.

If You Discover Smoke or Fire

  • If you have been trained and it is safe to do so, attempt to extinguish the fire with a portable fire extinguisher only if fire is small. If you have not been trained, you must evacuate the area.
  • Do not let the fire get between you and your exit from the building.
  • As you vacate fire area, close all doors behind you.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station. Warn people in the vicinity. Although an alarm will alert Public Safety automatically for most major campus facilities, that is not the case for a small number of buildings. Please call Public Safety at 410-778-7810 or local authorities at 911 (dial 9-911 from a campus phone) to let them know the alarm has been activated and the nature of the emergency.
  • Evacuate the building via the nearest safe exit.
  • Elevators are not to be used as a means of exit during a fire emergency.
  • Once outside, stay clear of the building. Do not re-enter the building until authorized by the Fire Department or Public Safety.

On Hearing the Fire Alarm

  • If a fire alarm has been activated, make your way to the nearest exit and leave the building.
  • Faculty and staff are asked to ensure that all students are out of the classrooms and laboratories before leaving. If time permits, close windows and shut off any gas and other utilities. Close doors upon leaving the room.
  • Continue to move out of the building in an orderly manner even if the alarm stops sounding. Never return for personal items left behind.

Once outside, stay clear of the building. Do not re-enter the building until authorized by Fire Department or Public Safety.