April 9, 2004

Fire Safety and SHU

Fire Drill Procedure Sign 2nd Maura computer lab
When alarm sounds
1. Step into corridor
2. Keep silence
3. Leave building by the nearest exit
4. Walk-single file-DO NOT RUN
5. Report immediately for roll call to location assigned
6.Remain at assigned location until signal ins given for return
7.Do not use elevators during actual fire or fire drill
Seton Hill College 1972 $25 fine for removal of this sign.

I can't help but laugh at this sign. While printing out my research in this lab, I looked up, and this dusty, rusty-stapled sign greeted my tired eyes. Over 30 years old, the sign is more fitting for high school kids. Amibiguous? I think so...it doesn't even give exact instructions on where the closest exit is.

And how about the procedures? College students in single-file lines--don't think so. Silence? Roll call? Have I missed something?

I remember a conversation in which my pyrophobic pal and firefighter chica were talking about fire prevention and SHU. They weren't happy with the current situations. Any suggestion for fire safety at SHU?

Posted by Amanda Cochran at April 9, 2004 12:26 PM

Unhappy? Understatement!
We didn't even have a fire drill second semester until after spring break! That's negligence, considering there were transfer students and people that had switched rooms--would they have known where to go and what to do? Probably, but it's poor practice to not have regular fire drills.

I'm a pyrophobe for LOTS of reasons. Not just because my house burned down over a year ago... I have feared fire, and still do in most cases. Only recently have I been able to sit in the same room as a candle and not go a little loco.

Posted by: Karissa at April 9, 2004 8:20 PM

Hmm, that is a bad sign, although the fine for removal has remained consistent with 2003 version fire safety posters that grace the residence halls.

Although Brownlee hasn't had a second fire alarm, we've had our fair share in Main Complex (and Havey too). ...Although I guess they are coming from strange alarm-requiring circumstances like burnt popcorn and massive flooding.

Anyway, I think you should've risked the $25 and removed such an outdated sign....

Posted by: Julie at April 11, 2004 11:26 PM

They should make fully in-depth directions for every safety exit there is on campus, no matter what location you are at. I don't believe they do enough fire safety on campus. I hear automatic fire alarms almost 3-5 times a month on campus and I wonder if I was on campus that day what would happen. They should update the "Do Not Use Elevators" sign. There should be a monthly fire drill practice at Seton Hill, just like there are in high schools nation wide.

Posted by: Firefighter Chica at April 13, 2004 3:08 PM

Check out my blog about Fire Sprinklers in College Campuses....


Posted by: Firefighter Chica at April 13, 2004 3:09 PM
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