Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Public Safety

Escaping a Fire

If there is a fire in the building while you are in your room:

Feel the door before opening it.

If the door feels hot:

  • Seal cracks around the door with towels or clothing to prevent smoke and toxic gases from entering room.
  • If the outside air is clear, open the window and wave a sheet to attract the attention of firefighters.

If the door is cool:

  • Open it and proceed to the nearest exit.
  • Close doors behind you to limit the spread of fire and smoke.
  • If there is smoke in the hall, stay low where the air is the freshest (a wet cloth over your face may help).
  • Never use elevators during a fire.
  • Know at least two ways out.
  • Leave the building immediately; never stay to try and save possessions.
  • Once outside, move away from the building (at least 50 ft away from building) and go to the predetermined meeting location.
  • Cooperate with firefighters and Public Safety Officers.
  • Provide firefighters and Public Safety Officers with information regarding the nature and the location of the fire and the whereabouts of those believed to be still in the building.

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