Individuals who see or suspect a fire are asked to remain calm and immediately activate the fire alarm via the nearest pull station. University buildings should be immediately and totally evacuated whenever building fire alarms are sounding. Fires can be reported by dialing 911 once you are at a safe location outside of the building in question. For additional information regarding fire emergencies, please refer to the Emergency Resources Guide or the university's Fire Emergency Policy.
Environmental Health and Safety recommends that all individuals install smoke alarms in their residences and ensure that they are working at all times. Smoke alarms that are being activated needlessly should be relocated rather than disabled. In addition, to help prevent fires, individuals should always properly dispose of smoking materials using ashtrays and check their surroundings after smoking to ensure that there are no smoldering ashes. Finally, individuals should learn how to use a fire extinguisher and should always know two ways to get out of buildings, no matter where they are.
More information on campus fire safety can be found at the Center for Campus Fire Safety Web site, including a compilation of all of the fatal fires in student housing identified by the Center since January 2000. This compilation can be found in the resource section of the site.
Gas Pump Safety
Many individuals do not think twice when filling their automobile's gas tank. However, there are many small dangers that can affect one's safety while pumping gas. For instance, the simple act of getting in and out of your car can create a build up of static electricity which has the potential to discharge a spark between your body and the fuel nozzle. In rare circumstances, the spark can ignite vapors around the fill spout causing a flash fire. To learn more about safety at the gas pump, watch the video below, prepared by Purdue University Extension Service.
Chemical Safety Guidelines
All TU departments should follow the university's chemical storage guidelines to implement a safe storage system for chemicals. The guidelines include labeling instructions, information regarding chemical container integrity and a list of chemical incompatibilities.
The university is required by law to maintain a Chemical Information List (CIL). The list consists of the chemicals used/stored on campus, manufacturer of the chemical and the building and room where it is being used or stored. The CIL is provided to emergency response personnel in the event of an emergency, and thus it is imperative that it is as up-to-date as possible. Please notify EHS within 24 hours if you are adding any chemicals to a room or if you are moving a chemical to a different room. This information can be either faxed or emailed to EHS. Please include your name, building, room number where the chemical will be stored (if moved from a room indicate that room as well), manufacturer of the chemical, chemical name and quantity.