Fire Safety Tips
Fire Prevention in Residence Halls and Offices
- Keep hallway doors closed at all times. Never prop them open.
- Keep corridors and hallways clear so as not to impede fire evacuation.
- Smoke only in designated outdoor areas at least 20 feet away from any building. (All USC-owned facilities are non-smoking areas.)
- Do not use candles or any other open flames within university buildings.
- Use only UL-approved appliances, such asmicrowaves and space heaters, within university buildings.
- Know the locations of your building's emergency exits.
In the Event of a Fire
- Sound the fire alarm.
- Call DPS.
- Leave the building using the nearest safe stairwell, not the elevator.
If You Hear a Fire Alarm
- Never assume it is a false alarm.
- Exit the building and proceed to the evacuation assembly area.
- Stay low to the floor if there is smoke in the hallway as you exit.
If You Are Trapped Inside a Room
If you hear a fire alarm and are inside a room, feel the door before opening it. If it is hot, do not open it. If you must remain inside the room:
- Call DPS.
- Seal the bottom of the door with cloth to prevent smoke from entering.
- Open a window if you must have air and windows are operable. Break a window only as a last resort.
- Signal from the window to show the Fire Department your location.
Before attempting to extinguish a fire, sound the alarm and call for help. Use a fire extinguisher only if you are familiar with how to operate it, and only if the fire is no larger than a small trash container. To use an extinguisher:
- Stand 8 to 10 feet away from the fire.
- Stay between the fire and an exit.
- Use the PASS technique as follows:
- PULL the pin from the handle.
- AIM the nozzle at the base of the fire.
- SQUEEZE the handle to begin the flow.
- SWEEP the nozzle slowly from side to side.