20-04-01 - Fire Safety guidelines can be found on page 63 of Loyola's safety practices guide.
Are you prepared for a fire emergency? In the event of a fire or other emergency, cooperation and participation of every building occupant is critical to safely and orderly evacuate. Departments should ensure that all employees are familiar with the procedure to follow in the event of an emergency. Preplan your response. Know the nearest location of fire alarms, fire extinguishers and fire exit stairwells.
If you discover a fire: R.A.C.E.
Remove personnel from the immediate area.
Activate the building fire alarm and call 9-1-1 or report the fire to the Loyola University Police at x3434 or off campus at (504) 865-3434.
Confine the area by closing all windows and doors to the room or area.
Evacuate the building.
If a small fire occurs, “First Aid” firefighting may be initiated by using portable fire extinguishers. A small fire would involve trash cans and electrical equipment, appliances, and small pieces of furniture, etc. Loyola personnel are not trained or are they expected to fight fires other than incipient small fires. However, if the fire is any larger than a trash can size fire, or involves considerable amounts of smoke and toxic gases, fire suppression must not be attempted.
Do you know what type of fire extinguisher is appropriate for your area and how to use it effectively? Different types of fire extinguishers are designed to fight different classes of fire. The types of extinguishers used in Loyola buildings are of the stored pressure variety and include water (A), chemical (BC), Halon (BC) or (ABC), and dry powder chemical ABC and BC Units.
Remember P.A.S.S. when using a fire extinguisher.
Pull the pin and stand 6 to 10 feet away from the fire.
Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames.
Squeeze the trigger or handle while holding the extinguisher upright.
Sweep the extinguisher from side to side, covering all areas of the fire with the extinguishing agent.