Fire Safety

Overview

Monroe Community College is committed to the health and safety of the entire college community and to insuring that everyone has a safe place to learn and work. In terms of Fire Safety the primary goal is fire prevention. This is done through the restriction of fire sources and through periodic inspection and maintenance of fire safety systems.  

How am I being protected?

Monroe Community College is protected by both fire detection and suppression systems. While these systems are great tools they are only work if people evacuate the building when they are activated.

What to do in the event of an alarm

You should immediately get up and get out of your area. Close the door to the room as you leave if you are the last person out. Do not call Public Safety unless you have an emergency to report. If you are not sure if you should leave the area, act on the safe side and leave the area. Exit the building at the closest exit. Do not use the elevators.

What to do if you see Smoke or Fire

The first thing that you should do in the event of a fire is to activate the alarm system if it has not already activated by using a pull station. This will put the building you are in into alarm and alert others that there is an emergency. You should immediately get up and get out of your area. Close the door to the room as you leave if you are the last person out. If you have information about where the fire was located or what may have caused the alarm call Public Safety from an adjacent building or call on your cell phone once you are outside.   If you are not sure if you should leave the area, act on the safe side and leave the area. Exit the building at the closest exit. Do not use the elevators.

Will my Residence Hall or office be inspected?

Offices will be inspected while the Environmental Health & Safety Office is patrolling the various campus buildings. Offices that are open will be visually inspected from the hallway. If a prohibited item is found, the staff/faculty member will be informed and will have a chance to remove the item. If the item is not removed in a timely manner, Campus Safety will remove the item.

During the spring semester, the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control conducts a campus-wide inspection. They randomly select Residence Hall rooms and offices to inspect. If your room/office is selected, it will be inspected. Again, not all rooms or offices will be inspected. The choice will be random.

What are the most common prohibited items found during the inspections?

 The most common prohibited fire safety item found is Extension Cords/Multi Plug adapters. They are not allowed on campus. Extension cords are not designed to be continuously used and thus may get hot or (if damaged) create a spark that may ignite a fire. All extension cords should be replaced with power strips. Note daisy chaining (power strip to power strip connections are not allowed).

I want to hang something on the pipe/sprinkler in my office or room can I?

No. No items can be hung off any exposed pipes or the sprinkler pipes. Any items found hanging from these will be removed.

How often do you inspect the First Safety System?

  • The entire campus is inspected by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control annually.
  • All smoke detectors, heat detectors, strobes and horns are tested annually for functionality by the Environmental Health & Safety Office and an outside contractor.
  • All sprinkler systems are tested and inspected quarterly by an outside contractor in conjunction with the Environmental Health & Safety Office.
  • Fire extinguishers are inspected monthly by Public Safety

General Fire Safety:

  • No storage in exits, corridors or stairwells
  • Don't overload electrical outlets
  • Use heavy duty extension cords on a temporary basis
  • Handle flammable liquids with care
  • Don't leave appliances unattended
  • Good housekeeping is essential for a fire safe workplace
  • If your clothes catch fire, stop-drop-roll

Fire Safety for Residence Halls

The following Documents have been created by the Environmental Health & Safety Office to provide information related to fire safety for the Residence Halls here at MCC.

Residence Hall Fire Safety and Prevention "Get Out and Stay Alive"(PDF)

MCC Residence Hall Fire Safety Brochure (PDF)

Safety Guidelines for Residents and Annual Fire Report(PDF)

Fire Alarms

For your protection, all buildings are equipped with fire alarm systems, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems. When a fire alarm sounds, we are required by law to evacuate the respective buildings by the nearest exit.

Do not re-enter the buildings unless authorized to do so via the Public Address System by the Department of Public Safety. Fire alarm pull stations are located near exits: learn the location of the one nearest your work location. At the Brighton Campus, information about evacuations and procedures for persons with disabilities may be found:  Brighton Evacuation Procedures. Information specific for the Damon Campus is available at DCC Evacuation.

Useful links:

mcc-web02.monroecc.edu