Fire Prevention and Response

April 2016

NY City has one of the largest Fire Departments in the world. FDNY has over 15,000 fire fighters and EMT’s who respond to nearly 500,000 calls for service per year. Each LIM College facility has a Fire Safety Plan and building personnel who are certified to manage fire emergencies within the building. Additionally, LIM College has volunteer staff and faculty members within each building who have received advanced emergency response training. Each LIM College facility has modern fire systems that consist of sprinkler systems, annunciators, strobes, emergency exit signage and fire pull-stations. The College also has strategically placed fire extinguishers on all floors of all facilities.

Despite all of the resources available, fire and smoke are major causes of concern for all Colleges and Universities. Therefore, it is best that every member of the LIM Community is aware of basic fire prevention and response protocols.

Fire Prevention Tips

  1. Never leave any items unattended in a microwave or oven while in use. Most cooking fires happen when food is left unattended.
  2. Candles are not permitted within LIM College facilities.
  3. Do not overload electrical outlets. Appliances such as refrigerators and microwaves should be plugged directly into wall sockets and not into extension cords.
  4. Space heaters should be turned off when the area is not occupied and no objects should be within three feet of the heater.

Your Role During a Fire:

  1. Remain calm
  2. Evaluate the situation
  3. If the fire is small, use a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. Remember the acronym PASS.
    • Pull the pin
    • Aim at the base of the fire
    • Squeeze the trigger
    • Sweep back and forth until the fire is extinguished
  4. If the fire alarm is not sounding, pull the nearest fire pull-station
  5. Follow instructions – All LIM College facilities, except The Townhouse, have public address (PA) systems.
    • If there is a fire alarm in The Townhouse, evacuate the building immediately
    • If there is a fire alarm in any other LIM College facility, await instructions which will be given over the PA system. Prepare to evacuate while awaiting instructions.
    • If you feel unsafe at any time, evacuate the area/building
  6. Close doors behind you when evacuating. This will help prevent the fire and smoke from spreading.
  7. Dial 911 or have someone dial 911 and follow the operator’s instructions
  8. Dial or have someone dial the LIM College Emergency Line
    • 711 from a college phone
    • (212) 310-0660 from a cell phone or outside line
  9. LIM College Emergency Response Building Team Members will respond
  10. Assist others when evacuating
  11. If there is a fire alarm, the elevators go to the lobby floor and open. You will not be able to use the elevators once the alarm sounds.
  12. Notify the Building Team Members or First Responders of anyone injured or in need of assistance
  13. Move to the predetermined muster / evacuation point
  14. Assist with getting accountability of all students, faculty, staff and visitors
  15. Do not talk to the media. Refer all media questions to the LIM College Communications Department.

LIM College Building Addresses are as follows:

The Townhouse - 12 E. 53rd Street

Maxwell Hall - 216 E. 45th Street

5th Avenue - 545 5th Avenue

1760 Residence Hall - 1760 3rd Avenue

Evacuation during a Fire

Shelter-in-place during Fire – Evacuation is Unsafe
  1. Let others know that you cannot evacuate – this should be done verbally or via phone – preferably to 911
  2. Call 711 from a LIM College phone or (212) 310-0660 from a cell phone
  3. If there is a smoke condition, stay low to the floor and hold your breath as much as possible. Breathe through your nose and use a shirt or cloth as a filter.
  4. Close as many doors as possible between your location and the fire
  5. Wet and place cloth material around or under doors to prevent smoke from entering the room
  6. If the room has a perimeter window, signal to someone outside and call for help
  7. Keep the window closed unless breathing is not possible
  8. Hang a towel or item from the window, this will indicate to firefighters that you need assistance
In-Building Relocation

In some minor emergency situations you may be instructed to move to a safer location within the building. In-Building Relocation instructions include the following:

  1. Remain calm and move to the location specified using the closest stairwell
  2. Help others as necessary
  3. If you cannot evacuate, go to the stairwell and notify others that you need assistance. Remain in the stairwell until help arrives.
  4. Help with accountability of all students, faculty, staff and visitors
  5. Stay in the location until the “all clear” is given
  6. If you feel unsafe at any time, evacuate the facility and let others know you have done so by calling 711 from a LIM College phone or (212) 310-0660 from a cell phone.
Partial Building Evacuation

In some emergency situations you may be asked to evacuate parts of a building or certain floors of a building. If you are in an area that is being evacuated, please follow the instruction below for Full Evacuation.

Full Evacuation

Full Evacuation means that everyone in the building will be evacuated to the pre-designated muster point. If a Full Evacuation is ordered, follow the instructions below:

  1. Remain Calm
  2. Move to the closest stairway exit. Elevators are not to be used during emergency evacuations.
  3. Notify the Emergency Response Building Team Members or First Responders of anyone injured or in need of assistance
  4. Proceed to the pre-designated LIM College Muster Point. LIM College Emergency Response Building Team Members will guide you to the muster point location. The locations are as follows:
    • The Townhouse         Corner of 53rd and Park (Lever Brothers Building) – under overhang
    • Maxwell Hall              North side of Grand Central Station on 45th Street – under overhang
    • 5th Avenue                West side of Grand Central Station on Vanderbilt – under overhang
    • 1760 Residence Hall   96th Street between Lexington and 3rd at Monterey Public Gardens
  5. Stay with the group. Accountability of all personnel is essential during evacuation events.
  6. Assist with getting accountability of all students, faculty, staff and visitors
  7. Do not talk to the media. Refer all media questions to the LIM College Communications Department.
  8. Remain at the muster point until given the “all clear” or other instructions from a First Responder or a LIM College official representative.

Maps to Muster Point Locations

The Townhouse

5th Avenue

Maxwell Hall

Residence Hall

 

Actions if you are on fire:

  • DO NOT run
  • Stop, Drop and Roll

Actions if you are caught in smoke:

  • Drop to hands and knees and crawl toward exit
  • Stay low
  • Hold your breath as much as possible
  • Breathe shallowly through nose; use a shirt or towel as a filter

Actions if you have to move through flames:

  • Hold your breath
  • Move quickly
  • Cover your head and hair
  • Keep your head down and your eyes closed

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