Pursuant to New York State Law, New York City Fire Code and Local Law 10, this Fire Safety Plan is made available to all residential students. Please take the time to read through it carefully. It contains valuable information concerning the residence halls where you live and spend time visiting friends, as well as what to do in a fire emergency.
Residential buildings built before 1968 are generally classified either as "fireproof" or "non-fireproof." Residential buildings built in or after 1968 are generally classified either as "combustible" or "non-combustible." The type of building construction generally depends on the size and height of the building.
A "non-combustible" or "fireproof" building is a building whose structural components are constructed of materials that do not burn or are resistant to fire and therefore will not contribute to the spread of the fire. In such buildings, fires are more likely to be contained in the room, suite or space in which they start and less likely to spread inside the building walls of other rooms, suites and floors. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THE BUILDING IS IMMUNE TO FIRE. While the structural components of the building may not catch fire, all of the contents of the building (including furniture, carpeting, wood floors, decorations and personal belongings) may catch on fire and generate flame, heat and large amounts of smoke, which can travel throughout the building, especially if rooms, suites or stairwell doors are left open.
A "combustible" or "non-fireproof" building has structural components that will burn if exposed to fire and can contribute to the spread of the fire. In such buildings, the fire can spread inside the building walls to other rooms and floors. The burning contents of the building can also create flames, heat and smoke that can be fatal.
CHECK THE INFORMATION TABLE AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO SEE WHAT TYPE OF BUILDING YOU ARE IN!
All residential buildings have at least one means of egress (way of exiting the building), and most have at least two. There are several different types of egress:
A fire sprinkler system is a system of pipes and sprinkler heads that when triggered by the heat of a fire automatically discharges water that extinguishes the fire. The sprinkler system will continue to discharge water until it is turned off. When a sprinkler system activates, an alarm is sounded.
Sprinkler systems are very effective at preventing fire from spreading beyond the room in which it starts. However, the fire may still generate smoke which can travel throughout the building.
Residential buildings are generally not required to have fire sprinkler systems. Some residential buildings are equipped with sprinkler systems, but only in compactor chutes, specific rooms or boiler rooms. All apartment buildings constructed or substantially renovated after March 1999 will be required by law to be equipped with fire sprinkler systems throughout the building.
Some residential buildings are equipped with interior fire alarm systems that are designed to warn building occupants of a fire in the building. Interior fire alarm systems generally consist of a panel located in a lobby or basement, with a manual pull station located near the main entrance and by each stairwell door. Interior fire alarm systems are usually manually activated and do not automatically transmit a signal to the Fire Department, so a telephone call must still be made to 911 or the Fire Department Dispatcher. Do not assume that the Fire Department has been notified because you hear a fire alarm or smoke detector sounding in the building. Barnard College Residence Halls signal the Fire Department via Central Station.
This Fire Safety plan is intended to help you and the occupants of or guests in your room or suite protect yourselves in the event of fire. Please take the time to read this fire safety plan and discuss it with the members and guests of your room or suite. Fire prevention, preparedness, and awareness can save your life! This fire safety plan contains:
IN THE EVENT OF A FIRE, TRANSMIT AN ALARM FROM THE NEAREST FIRE ALARM BOX AND CALL PUBLIC SAFETY AT 212-854-3362.
In the event of a fire, follow the directions of Fire Department and Public Safety personnel. If no first responders are on the scene and there is an emergency situation, you may be required to decide on a course of action to protect yourself and the other members of your room or suite.
This Fire Safety Plan is intended to assist you in selecting the safest course of action in such an emergency. No Fire Safety Plan can account for all possible factors and changing conditions, so you may have to decide the safest course of action under the circumstances.
Before you begin to extinguish a smallfire be sure the building's fire alarm has been activated and help is on the way. The fire should be confined to a small area with no risk of spreading beyond the immediate space. In addition, it should not pose a danger to your safety.
Remember the 30 second rule: If you can't extinguish the fire within 30 seconds or with one fire extinguisher... GET OUT!!
How do you know what kind of extinguisher should be used? Follow this simple guide:
|Type of Extinguisher||Use On|
ABC [Multi-purpose dry chemical]
Wood, paper, trash, liquid, electrical [class ABC fires]
Wood, paper, trash [Class A fires]
Liquid and electrical [Class A and B fires]
(P) PULL THE PIN at the top of the extinguisher. The pin releases a locking mechanism and will allow you to discharge the extinguisher.
(A) AIM AT THE BASE OF THE FIRE, not the flames. This is important in order to put out the fire, you must extinguish the fuel.
(S) SQUEEZE THE LEVER SLOWLY. This will release the extinguishing agent in the extinguisher. If the handle is released, the discharge will stop.
(S) SWEEP FROM SIDE TO SIDE. Using a sweeping motion, move the fire extinguisher back and forth until the fire is completely out. Operate the extinguisher from a safe distance, several feet away, and then move towards the fire once it starts to diminish. Be sure to read the instructions on your fire extinguisher. Different fire extinguishers recommend operating them from different distances.
The following items can start fires and are prohibited in the residence halls.
For a full list of prohibited items, please visit here.
If students are found to be in possession of any of these items or other non-approved items (as per the Residence Hall Handbook), the student will be held accountable for the policy violation, and the item(s) will be confiscated and NOT returned to the student.
|If you are in...||Evacuate to...|
|Sulzberger Hall||Barnard Hall Gym|
|Elliott Hall||NW corner of 119th & Claremont|
|600 W. 116th||Lobby of 616 W. 116th|
|616 W. 116th||Lobby of 620 W. 116th|
|620 W. 116th||Lobby of 616 W. 116th|
|Plimpton Hall||NE corner of 120th & Amsterdam|
|Cathedral Gardens||SW corner of 109th & Manhattan Ave.|
|601 W. 110th (College Residence)||SW corner of 110th & Broadway|
|Barnard Hall||Lehman over hang|
|Diana Center||Lehman over hang|
|Altschul Hall||Lehman over hang|
|Lehman Hall||Diana Plaza|
|Milbank Hall||Diana Plaza|
Last Updated: June 2014