Residence Education and Housing Services

Living Guide —Fire Evacuation and Equipment

Fire-fighting equipment and evacuation route postings are located throughout each residence hall. Fire drills help residents to learn fire evacuation procedures. Residents will be given information regarding the fire alarm and evacuation procedures for the hall during their first house meeting. Fire drills are held at least monthly. 

During all fire drills, all residents and staff of each building must evacuate the building. Failure to evacuate during fire alarms will result in disciplinary action. It is against state law to use fire equipment for a purpose other than its intended use. Individuals tampering with life support, fire alarms, smoke detectors, or fire-fighting equipment are subject to immediate dismissal from the University.

Nothing is permitted to obstruct or be hung on the residence hall fire-sprinkler system or plumbing at any time. This includes piping, sprinkler heads, and valves. Hanging decorations or items from the fire-sprinkler system may cause the system to malfunction. Also, nothing can block the residence hall room windows at any time. Placing items that block windows can prevent emergency responders from assessing a fire, or rescuing a resident from a residence hall building.

Fire Evacuation Instructions
It is important that the following instructions are followed to ensure that emergency responders are able to assess the fire from the outside of the building, and rescue any trapped residence from the buildings. If possible, please do the following things:

  • Turn on ceiling light and open draperies
  • Close windows
  • Touch the inside of the door to test for heat
    • If it is warm, do NOT open the door
  • Exit immediately. Wear shoes; take your coat, room key, and Michigan Tech ID. Close and lock the door and walk away from the building by your assigned route. Do not talk. Listen for directions. Do NOT use elevators as an emergency exit. Stay low to the ground.
  • When you leave the building, move to your assigned meeting area which will be at least 100 feet away from the building.
  • Do not return to your room or re-enter the building. Wait for instructions. You may enter the building when the alarm is silenced and after the all clear has been given by the fire department.

If you are trapped in your room by fire:

  • Keep your door and window closed tightly and stand in full view in the window until help arrives.
  • Brace yourself against the door and crack it slightly open to check the incoming air at the top of the door with your hand.

Fire Prevention

  • Please keep posters and other combustible decorations to a minimum.
  • Do not cover your desk or floor lamps with any cloth-like materials.
  • Check electrical cords and appliances to insure they are in proper working order. Do not run extension cords under rugs, mattresses, etc.
  • Each hall provides kitchenettes for extensive cooking. Possessing or using hazardous electrical appliances such as those with exposed heating elements are not permitted in residence hall rooms.
  • Residents may not alter the electrical systems or equipment in their rooms. This includes covering or removing the smoke detectors.