Fire Safety

Fire Safety

The MWU campuses are equipped with city-approved fire protection and alert systems.  If there is a fire in your building, calmly find the nearest fire alarm pull station and pull to alert Security, the fire department, and all other occupants of the building.  In addition to the audible alarm buzzer, the alarms are also equipped with visual strobe laser lights to help evacuees find the closest exit from the building.  The moment the alarm pull station is activated, a monitor service calls the fire department.

In the event of a fire alert and/or fire drill, everyone in the building or area is to evacuate immediately in an orderly manner.

Safety & Security and Campus Facilities take the responsibility to assure that everyone is evacuated.  As a general rule, please evacuate to the parking lots or in a dirt field as far away from the building as possible.  Do not congregate in any driveway and remain clear of the fire lanes.  The full cooperation of faculty and staff during an evacuation is required.  Any employee who fails to evacuate during a fire alarm will be subject to action my MWU and local authorities.

College students living away from home should take a few minutes to make sure they are living in a fire-safe environment. Educating students on what they can do to stay safe during the school year is important and often overlooked.

  • Look for fully sprinklered housing when choosing a dorm or off-campus housing.
  • Make sure your dormitory or apartment has smoke alarms inside each bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on each level. For the best protection, all smoke alarms should be interconnected so that when one sounds they all sound.
  • Test all smoke alarms at least monthly.
  • Never remove batteries or disable the alarm.
  • Learn your building's evacuation plan and practice all drills as if they were the real thing.
  • If you live off campus, have a fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
  • When the smoke alarm or fire alarm sounds, get out of the building quickly and stay out.
  • During a power outage, use a flashlight.
  • Cook only where it is permitted.
  • Stay in the kitchen when cooking.
  • Cook only when you are alert, not sleepy or drowsy from medicine or alcohol.
  • Check with your local fire department for any restrictions before using a barbeque grill, fire pit, or chimenea.
  • Check your school's rules before using electrical appliances in your room.
  • Use a surge protector for your computer and plug the protector directly into an outlet.

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