Preventing fires is everyone’s responsibility and your co-operation is essential. Notices explaining what to do in the event of a fire are prominently displayed in your study bedroom and throughout the residences.
Fire exits and escape routes (i.e. landings and corridors in residences) must be kept clear at all times. Nothing must be stored or temporarily left in these areas. Please do not obstruct fire exits and escape routes. Please pay special attention to the following:
- smoking is not permitted in any University buildings. Use designated smoking areas.
- do not tamper with fire safety equipment
- if a fire extinguisher is discharged for any reason, the occurrence must be reported to Residential Services as soon as possible
- do not leave any electrical appliance unattended i.e. cooker, toaster, hair straighteners etc.
- do not obstruct or prop open fire doors
You should familiarise yourself with the Fire Regulations for the location of your accommodation, and to participate in any fire drills which may be held. Also familiarise yourself with the location of fire exits, fire alarm systems and firefighting equipment.
No matter how many ‘false alarms’ have occurred in your residence, you must treat every alarm as an emergency. If you act as if it is a false alarm and fail to evacuate, or take longer than 3 minutes evacuating the building, you could lose your life.
Failure to observe this rule will result in disciplinary action: and an automatic £50 fine. Testing of the fire alarm systems is carried out periodically.
You also have a duty to report any instances of abuse of the fire safety equipment, this is in the interests of all residents who may rely on the equipment in an emergency.
Please follow these simple guidelines
- keep kitchen doors and corridor doors closed when you are cooking. They are fitted with a self-closer for obvious reasons, and must never be wedged open or the self-closer disconnected
- if available, use the extractor fan when cooking, or open a window
- if your cooking does create a lot of steam or smoke, open a kitchen window but avoid opening the kitchen door until it has disappeared
- if you do burn your food (e.g. toast) do not take it out of the kitchen whilst it is still smoking
- if you have a bath or shower, avoid opening the bathroom door until the steam has disappeared
- do not use aerosol sprays, incense sticks, or anything that will create dust near a detector