Fire Safety
The College of New Rochelle takes fire safety very seriously. Safety/Security personnel work closely with the New Rochelle Fire Department and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control to ensure the safety of the campus. Regular inspections are conducted by campus staff, supplemented by annual inspections by the State Inspector. In addition, the equipment is inspected bi-annually by a certified vendor.

Personal fire safety, however, cannot be guaranteed solely by working equipment. Every member of the College Community must play a part in their own safety. It is essential that everyone -- students, faculty, and staff -- are familiar with the safety information below.  This information is designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge to prevent panic, and to direct you to take the appropriate action in the event of a fire emergency.

Evacuation Procedure
When a fire alarm sounds in your building, your immediate and sole response should be to EVACUATE AT ONCE.  If you are teaching a class or are in charge of an assembled group, STOP what you are doing and instruct everyone to leave. While exiting try to keep your group together. If security officers are on the scene, follow their directions. Otherwise, proceed as follows:
  • Exit the building by the nearest stairs.  When exiting the building, do not get in the way of or delay in any way those entering the building to fight the fire.
  • Elevators may fail due to fire and heat damage.  DO NOT USE ELEVATORS TO EVACUATE. If you use an elevator, you could become trapped due to heavy smoke and flames that often occur in elevator shafts during a fire.
  • After exiting your building, walk across the street or to a distance of at least 75 feet from the building.  This is for your safety, and also to ensure that the fire department has room to operate if necessary.
  • Do not reenter the building until you are told to do so by Security, even if the bells or horns stop.

Policy Regarding Smoke Detectors In Residence Hall Rooms

If The Smoke Detector In Your Room Activates
If there is not a fire:
  • Silence the detector
  • Contact Security to advise that the detector activated and has been silenced. An RA or Security Officer may respond to ensure that there is not a problem with the detector.

If there is a fire:
  • Exit your room immediately, closing the door behind you.
  • If the fire alarm for the building has not activated, use one of the pull stations to activate the alarm as you leave the building.
  • Outside the building, locate an RA, RD or security officer to advise them that the problem is in your room.

If You Hear A Smoke Detector Sounding In Someone Else’s Room

  • Knock on the door of the room.  If someone answers the door, ensure that there is no fire, and ask if they have contacted Security.
  • If no one answers the door, note the room number and the building alarm is not sounding, use one of the pull stations to activate the alarm and exit the building.
  • Outside the building, locate an RA, RD or security officer to advise them of the location of the problem.

Helpful Hints And Escape Tips For Evacuation Due To Fire Or Smoke
  • In any building -- on or off-campus -- take note of your nearest exit and an alternate route in case your first choice is blocked by smoke or fire.
  • Know where the nearest fire alarm pull box is.  If you see a fire or heavy smoke and do not hear the alarm, the pull box should be used to alert Security and begin building evacuation.
  • Know where telephones are located.  If you don't know where a telephone is located, ask someone.
  • If your door is warm, or if the corridor is smoke filled, or if you cannot physically use the stairs, stay in your room with the door closed.  Contact the Switchboard or dial 911 to alert safety personnel as to where you are.
  • If you are unable to exit an area due to smoke, remember that the air is usually better near the floor.
  • A temporary refuge may be sought in any room with a closed door.  Preferably, pick a room with an outside window.  Open the window half way at the top and half way at the bottom to get fresh air.  Seal cracks around the door with towels, sheets or jackets to keep the smoke from entering the room.
  • Before opening any inside door,  feel the door with the palm of your hand. If the door is hot, do no open it.  If the door is not hot, try to open it by applying your shoulder to it, placing one hand by the opening and opening the door slowly.  If the air is hot or you feel pressure through the opening, slam the door shut and stay by an open window.
  • Never break out a window unless it is absolutely necessary for your survival. By completely opening a window, you create a draft which may cause the smoke and flames to be drawn into your room, thereby increasing the danger.
  • If your clothing should catch on fire, immediately STOP, DROP and ROLL to smother the flames.


In The Event Of An Alarm When A Person With Differing Abilities Is Present

  • If the person can be evacuated from the area, do so in a safe and orderly manner.  
  • If the person cannot be evacuated because of a wheelchair, etc., take the person to a safe place of refuge (e.g., a balcony, lower floor, etc.).  In any case, immediately notify Security or fire department personnel so they can act on the situation.

Fire Prevention Tips
  • Smoke only in designated areas and discard your smoking materials in ashtrays. Never use a wastebasket for disposal.
  • Don't overload your electrical outlets.  Plugging in multiple power strips and extension cords can cause electrical wiring to overheat, and may start a fire within the wall.
  • Never prop stairway or hallway doors.  These doors prevent the spread of fire and smoke.  Keep these doors closed to protect your means of escape.
  • Do not overload your area with combustibles (posters, streamers, unnecessary piles of paper, etc.). An overabundance of combustibles in an area offers fuel to a small fire and quickly turns it into a large fire.
  • If you see someone setting a fire, transmitting a false alarm, or tampering with fire protection equipment, report the incident to the Security immediately. Don't let someone else fool around with your fire safety. Report it.
  • The following items are banned from residence halls and offices due to the hazards they create: halogen lamps, incense, candles, live Christmas decorations, space heaters. Students - see your Residence Life Handbook for more details.