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Fire Safety Policy

On this page, you will find the statistics, policies, and practices regarding fire safety maintained by the Department of Public Safety at LIU Post. Included below you will also find a description of each on-campus student housing facility fire safety system, the number of regular mandated supervised fire drills, policies and rules on portable electrical appliances, smoking and open flame, procedures for evacuation, policies regarding fire safety education and training programs for students, faculty and staff, and plans for future improvements in fire safety.

Campus Fire Emergencies

If a fire occurs in a campus building, everyone should quickly exit the building, using available stairways and fire escapes. The emergency signal for a fire is a continuous sounding alarm. After reaching safety, call the Department of Public Safety at 516-299-2222 or dial 911 for assistance.

Emergency Telephone and Campus Numbers

516-299-2222, 516-299-2214, or 911

How to Report a Fire

If a burning odor or smoke is present, call the Department of Public Safety at 516-299-2222 or dial 911. Report the exact location of the fire and, if known, what is burning. If a fire is detected, sound the building alarm by pulling a nearby fire alarm.

Fire Safety Procedures

The act of discharging a fire extinguisher, lighting a fire, and misuse or tampering with the alarm or sprinkler systems is considered irresponsible behavior and endangers the lives of others and can result in immediate judicial or criminal action. LIU Post reserves the right to pursue criminal charges through the appropriate authorities.

Actions to Take

  • Remain calm.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm, if not already activated.
  • Only attempt to use a fire extinguish if you have been formally trained.
  • Remove anyone from immediate danger.
  • Notify Public Safety from a safe location.
  • Close all doors to confine smoke and fire.
  • Unless otherwise directed, follow your Building Evacuation Plan and proceed to the designated evacuation rally point outside the building.
  • Do not delay evacuation for the purpose of retrieving personal belongings.
  • Walk without delay, but do not run. Do not use elevators.
  • Feel exit doors for heat, stay low and close to walls while evacuating.
  • If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality of air is near the floor.
  • Consider persons with disabilities who may need assistance evacuating.
  • Never allow the fire to come between you and an exit.
  • Try to account for everyone when you reach the evacuation rally point.
  • Notify Public Safety if anyone is missing or injured.
  • Everyone should remain at the evacuation rally point until directed otherwise by Public Safety or the Fire Department.

Response to Audible Fire Alarms

  • If the audible alarm sounds for more than 30 seconds or starts to sound for a second time, evacuate the building immediately.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • If requested, accompany and assist persons with disabilities who appear to need assistance.
  • Leave all parcels and personal property inside.
  • Remain approximately 100 feet from the exits to help facilitate clear access to the building for the fire department.
  • Return to the building only when instructed to do so by Campus Public Safety officers, police, or fire department officials.

Never Use an Elevator

  • If smoke is present in a stairwell, avoid it. Choose another route.
  • If your clothes catch fire . . . stop, drop, and roll to extinguish the flames.
  • If you are in the room where the fire starts, leave quickly. Close the door and call Public Safety at ext. 2222.
  • Upon exiting, move at least 70 yards from the building. Make yourself or a group designee available to the Public Safety Officers or Firefighters in order to give as much information about the fire situation as possible. Be factual and be calm.

If You are Trapped in a Room

  • Seal door/window cracks and ventilation grills with tape (preferably duct tape) or towels and clothing (preferably wet) to keep the smoke out. If there is smoke in the room, open the window to let it out. Hang an article of clothing, large enough for rescuers to see, out of a corner of the window. Then close the window and keep closed to prevent outside smoke from entering.
  • Do not break the window unless the room has been heavily invaded by smoke and you must get air to survive. Remember, stay close to the floor for air. Call Public Safety at ext. 2222, report the fire location and your situation. Tie a towel or clothing (preferably wet) around your nose and mouth if necessary to filter smoke. Do not jump.

Always Remember

You must believe that every fire alarm is real. Failure to exit the building when an alarm sounds may put you and others in danger.

Statistics for the 2012 Academic Year

The following statistics are collected and reported by the Department of Public Safety:

  • The number of fires and the cause of each fire
  • The number of deaths related to the fire
  • The number of injuries related to the fire that resulted in treatment at a medical facility
  • The value of property damage related to the fire

Statistics and Related Information Regarding Fires in Residential Facilities

Residential Facilities Total Fires in Each Building Fire Number Cause of Fire Number of Injuries That Required Treatment at a Medical Facility Number of Deaths Related to Fire Value of Property Damage Caused by Fire
Riggs Hall 1 1 Burnt Paper 0 0 $ 0
Brookville Hall 1 0 0 0 0 $ 0
Queens Hall 0 0 0 0 0 $ 0
Suffolk Hall 0 0 0 0 0 $ 0
Kings Hall 0 0 0 0 0 $ 0
Nassau Hall 0 0 0 0 0 $ 0
Post Hall 0 0 0 0 0 $ 0
The Suites 1 1 Burnt
0 0 $ 0
Total 2 2 0 0 0 $ 0

The following is published in the Annual Security Report on the Public Safety Web site:

Description of the fire safety system for all residence housing on campus:

  • Full sprinkler system with stand pipe system
  • ABC and H20 extinguishers throughout building
  • Addressable fire alarm systems with smoke and heat detectors and pull stations throughout building
  • Self closing and magnetic door releases throughout building
  • Generator backup system in each residence hall building for emergency lighting and alarm systems in case of power failure
  • Fire alarm systems are monitored 24 hours per day, 365 days a year by the Department of Public Safety. In the event of an activation of fire alarm systems, the Department of Public Safety dispatcher will immediately notify the local fire department and police.

Number of fire drills held in residence halls: Two drills are held per semester (a total of 4 annually) by Fire Safety Officer in conjunction with Public Safety officers and Residence Life staff members.

Rules and policies concerning portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames in resident housing are published in the Student Handbook under “Campus Fire Safety Procedures” and are found in the housing contract.

Procedures for evacuations, fire safety education and training:

Fire safety procedures can be found under “Campus Fire Safety Procedures” in the Student Handbook, as well as the Emergency and Safety Procedures Guide, which outlines evacuations, fire/explosion and gas leaks producers.

  • Fire safety training is conducted annually by a Campus fire safety officer with all housing staff and RA’s.
  • During fire drills, a Campus fire safety officer issues fire safety tips to students.
  • Public Safety supervisors address safety issues and fire safety tips during floor meetings in Campus residence halls in conjunction with RA’s (Resident Assistants).
  • Every September, the Department of Public Safety conducts a live burn of a mock dorm room on the Great Lawn to promote fire safety awareness and prevention.

Fire Log

The LIU Post Fire Log is maintained at the Department of Public Safety and is available for inspections at the Office of Public Safety, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions, please call Michael Conklin, our Fire Safety Officer at (516) 299-4033 and/or contact the Department of Public Safety at (516) 299-2222 (emergencies) or (516) 299-2214 (general inquiries).

If you have any non-emergency questions related to this Safety Advisory, please feel free to call Public Safety at ext. 2214. If you have any health-related questions, call LIU Post Student Health & Counseling Center at ext. 2345.