Fire Safety Information

General Fire Safety Information

To report a fire contact Safety and Security at 845-575-5555 or extension 5555.

Marist College is committed to providing a healthy and safe educational and working environment for our students, faculty, and staff.

The Following are the Fire Safety Policies and Standard Operating Guidelines for Marist College. These rules and regulations comply with those of local, state, and federal regulatory agencies, including the Town of Poughkeepsie and the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

Fire Alarm Systems: All buildings are equipped with fire alarm systems. All systems are tested and inspected annually by a New York State certified fire alarm installer.  All fire alarm systems are monitored 24/7 off campus by a central monitoring station as well as by the Safety and Security Office on campus.  Fire alarm pull stations are located near the exits.

The college is equipped with fire sprinklers in most buildings and all systems are inspected quarterly in accordance with the Fire Code of New York State.  As buildings are renovated or remodeled sprinkler systems are added per NYS Fire Code.  All buildings are in compliance with NYS Building and Fire Codes.

The following chart indicates fire safety systems in residence facilities:

Residence Building

Sprinkler System (Full System)

Fire Alarm Monitoring Done on Site & Off Campus Monitoring

Smoke Detection

Fire Extinguisher Devices

Evacuation Plans & Placards

Number of Evacuation (fire) drills each calendar year

Champagnant   

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Fulton Townhouse 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Foy Townhouse A, B, & C

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Gartland D, E, F, & G

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Leo Hall

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Lower Fulton 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Lower Townhouse J, K, L, & M

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Lower West Cedar N, O, P, Q, R, & S

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Marian Hall

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Marriot Residence Inn

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Mid-Rise

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Sheahan Hall

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Talmadge Court 1, 2, & 3

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Upper New Townhouse H & I

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

Upper West Cedar T, U, V, W, X, & Y

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

4

"Sprinkler system" shall mean a system of piping and appurtenances designed and installed in accordance with generally accepted standards so that heat from a fire will automatically cause water to be discharged over the fire area to extinguish it or prevent its further spread. (Sec 155 of the NYS Executive Law)

All fire extinguishers on campus are inspected monthly by the Safety and Security Office and serviced annually by an outside contractor in accordance with the Fire Code of New York State.

All residence halls are required to have 4 unannounced fire evacuation drills per academic year.  All academic and administrative buildings are subject to unannounced drills during normal working hours.

For your safety, whenever the fire alarm sounds, evacuate the building immediately using the nearest exit. Treat all alarms as the real thing – assume nothing! Behavior of any kind, which inadvertently activates a fire alarm, will be subject to disciplinary action. Failure to evacuate an area may also result in disciplinary action.

Fire Lanes and Hydrants: A fire lane is an area that is designated by a yellow painted curb and should never be blocked or obstructed. Campus Security tickets and tows vehicles parked in fire lanes. Never park within 15 feet of a hydrant in any direction.

NYS Fire Inspection

Part 500 of the New York State Education law requires the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control to conduct annual fire inspections of all post-secondary degree granting institutions. This is to ensure compliance with the New York Uniform Fire Prevention and Building code. This inspection with coordination from the Office of Safety and Security, Office of Student Affairs and Physical Plant Department will be scheduled in advance, usually during normal business hours. All facilities under the College’s jurisdiction or ownership where students may have a reason to be present, as well as those facilities that may have in their operation an impact on student safety will be inspected.  This includes a certain percentage of student rooms.

The College is inspected annually by the New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Upon completion of the inspection each building or residence facility is issued a Certificate of Compliance from the NYS OFPC.

Common violations found during the annual inspection are:

  - Aisles, corridors, and stairs are not obstructed, restricted or reduced by furniture or equipment.

 - Fire doors that separate key areas such as stairwells, kitchens, mechanical rooms, etc., are not wedged or blocked open. When released they self-close completely and latch.

  - Storage of combustible material is kept at least 2 feet below the ceiling in non-sprinklered areas and a minimum of 18 inches in sprinklered areas. Under no circumstance can sprinklers be used as a hanging device.

  - Extension cords are not permitted. Power strips with surge or circuit protection are to be used when additional outlets are not available, however they are not permitted be connected to each other to get a desired length. Appliance cords should be in good condition and should not be run under carpeting or furniture or through walls or doors.

 - Electrical outlets are not to be overloaded, multi-plug adaptors that do not have over current protection are prohibited for use. Heat generating electrical equipment such as, curling iron or coffee pots should be unplugged when not in use.

Fire Safety In Residence Hall

To avoid fire hazards, the College must comply with NYS fire code and will conduct both announced and unannounced fire safety inspections in the residence areas. In addition, the following guidelines also apply:

1.  Student rooms, corridors, stairwells, common areas and lobbies are:

  • To be clear of any obstructions (examples: trunks, suitcases, ironing boards, athletic equipment, drying wet clothes, furniture, etc.);
  • To be free of any flammable material (examples: decorations, posters, notices, curtains, streamers, etc.)

2. Both the possession and use of halogen lamps, hot pots, hot plates, broiler ovens, fry pans, popcorn makers, space/portable heaters, coffee urns, immersion heaters, toasters (except in townhouse and apartment kitchens), air conditioners and similar portable equipment are prohibited in all residence areas. Electrical appliance equipment is restricted to prevent fires and to avoid overload within any facility that may cause the loss of power to the entire facility or some portion thereof. Violations of this policy will result in discipline action and confiscation of the appliance.

  • Students are permitted one refrigerator (no larger than 3.6 cubic feet and UL listed) in each room.
  • Students in residence halls are permitted one microwave (no larger that 700 watts and UL listed) per room.
  • Appliance use in apartments and townhouses are restricted to the kitchen areas only with the exception of approved refrigerators and microwaves.

3. All electrical equipment, when being used, may only plug directly into a wall outlet or a UL listed surge protector which is plugged into a wall outlet. Possession of extension cords is not allowed.

4. The use of combustible fabrics such as room dividers, closet enclosures, wall and ceiling tapestries, curtains, etc., is prohibited in student rooms.

5. An open flame (smoking, candles, blow torches, lanterns, etc.) is not permitted anywhere in the residence areas. Use of incense is also prohibited. Candles are not permitted even for decoration purposes.

6. Fire doors in the corridors must remain closed at all times. No one may prop the doors open. Students are not to tamper with smoke and heat detector devices in residence areas, illuminated exit signs, fire department stand pipe connections, fire alarms, pull station covers and fire extinguishers. Failure to adhere to these policies will likely result in Residence Hall Dismissal.

7. If a fire extinguisher needs to be recharged, the student should contact his/her Resident Director or the Office of Safety & Security.

8. Students are permitted to use portable barbecue grills on college grounds only if proper safety precautions are observed. No barbecue grill is allowed to be used or stored within 20 feet of any structure or overhang.

9. Violation of the Fire Safety Policy as it applies to appliances, extension cords etc. will result in student conduct sanctions. Subsequent violations will result in more serious disciplinary action.

Fire Alarm Procedures

1. All faculty, staff, and students are required to evacuate the building during a fire alarm.

2. If a fire alarm sounds, immediately proceed to the nearest exit.  The last person out should close the door. If smoke hampers your means of egress, find an alternative route.

3. Do not use the elevator to evacuate the building, CRAWL low in a smoky condition. Use the stairs in order to evacuate safely.

4. Always know two ways out and familiarize yourself with the escape routes in the event of an emergency.

5. If you observe other people in the building who may be unfamiliar with the alarm, advise them of the fire alarm and suggest that they evacuate. DO NOT force them to leave or become confrontational. Once outside, report their location to a Safety and Security Officer.

6. Proceed to a pre-designated assembly area, away from the building. Do not stand in front of or near the entrances to the building. An explosion may spread debris over a large area. DO NOT block fire department access to the building.

7. Do not re-enter the building until the fire alarm has been silenced and the Safety and Security Officer or the Fairview Fire Department has indicated that it is safe to re-enter.

Fire Extinguisher/Fire Types

Types of fires: The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) has classified 5 types of fires.

Class A Fires - Ordinary combustibles, paper, rags, wood products

Class B Fires - Oil, flammable solvents, gasoline, and grease

Class C Fires - Energized electrical equipment

Class D Fires - Combustible Metals, magnesium, titanium, sodium and zirconium

Class K Fires- Cooking media, cooking oils and fats

Types of Extinguishers

The College primarily uses multi purpose ABC type fire extinguishers; however there are additional types of extinguishing agents that are used.  There are K type extinguisher that are used in the Dining kitchen areas and Clean Agent type extinguishers that are used in the Computer Data Center.

Fire Extinguisher Use

Only after the building fire alarm system has been activated, a portable fire extinguisher may be used to fight a small fire utilizing the PASS method.

"P" Pull the pin.

"A" Aim at the base of the fire, not the smoke or flame.

"S" Squeeze the handle to activate the extinguisher.

"S" Sweep back and forth at the base of the fire.

Only persons comfortable using a fire extinguisher should attempt to fight a fire.

Fire Reporting Procedures

The following procedures should be followed in Case of FIRE: 

Rescue and Relocate anyone in immediate danger.

Alert others by activating the fire alarm system and or call Security @ ex. 5555 from a safe location.

Confine the emergency by closing the doors.

Evacuate immediately. Use stairs, do not use elevators. If in heat or smoke, crawl low. If there is smoke in the corridor, stay in the room, close and seal doors, dial @ ex. 5555 for help and then stand by the window.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

1. When evacuating the building, use the nearest exit if possible.  See attached designated assembly point.

2. Before you open a door, feel the door with the back of your hand. If the door is hot, or you can see fire or smoke in the corridor, do not pass through. Stay in the room. Pack towels (preferably wet) under the door to prevent smoke entry.  Contact the Safety and Security (ext. 5555) and report your location. Then proceed to the window and wave a brightly colored cloth to draw attention to your location. Open the window; do not break the window.

3. If the door is cool, open it slowly. If there is no smoke, proceed to the nearest exit. If the smoke is light, crawl low to the nearest exit. If you encounter smoke along the way, choose an alternative escape route. Make sure the doors close behind you to prevent the spread of smoke.

4. Once outside, proceed to the designated area, away from the building and doors. Make sure that everyone is accounted for. If occupants were unable to get out of the building, or if they cannot be found, report this to the Office of Safety and Security officer at the scene.

Fire Evacuation Procedures for Persons with Disabilities

1. If the occupant, resident, or visitor is located on the ground floor of the building, exit through the nearest exit.

2. If the occupant, resident, or visitor is located above or below the ground floor, do not use the elevator.  Call the Office of Safety and Security @ ext. 5555 and or 845-575-5555 give the dispatcher your name, exact location, room number, and telephone number.

3. The disabled person should proceed or ask for assistance to the nearest enclosed or exterior stairwell or "area of safe refuge" and remain there. In case of a fire, enclosed building stairwells are "safe refuge areas," and have a higher fire resistive rating. The disabled person should notify an individual (i.e. a co-worker, supervisor, instructor, or building monitor) of their specific location. If possible, the disabled person can notify 9-1-1 of their location.

During an emergency event, remain clear from emergency vehicles, at all times. Maintain a safe distance, no less than 50 feet away from the building to enable the fire department to enter and operate safely.

Buildings:                        Meeting Location:

Champ                                        To the South East of the Construction Fencing 

Foy TH                                         East of Building on Green

LF TH                                           Lower Fulton Quad

UF TH                                          South of Buildings on Green

Gartland D                                  West of Building on Green

Gartland E                                   South of Building on Green

Gartland F                                   South of Building on Green

Gartland G                                  North of Building on Green

Leo                                               East of Building on Knoll

Lower TH (J,K,L,M)                   South of Building on Campus Green

Lower West(O,P,Q,R,S)            On Green, away from Building

Marian                                         East of Building on Green

Midrise                                        Campus Green

Sheahan                                     North of Building on Knoll

Talmadge Court                        Cross Street to park

Upper TH (H,I)                           West of Building on Green

Upper West                               On Green, away from Building

Byrne                                          East of Building on Green

Campus Center                       East of Building on Green

Donnelly                                    Flagpole

Dyson                                        Northwest of Building on Green

Fontaine                                   South of Building on Green

Fontaine Annex                       Between Gartland Commons D&E on Green

St. Ann’s                                    West of Building on Green

Lowell Thomas                       East of Building on Green

Hancock Center                      Academic Quad (East Side)

St. Peter’s                                South of Building on Green

Chapel                                     North of Building on Green

Library                                       East of Building on Green

Greystone                                North of Building on Green

McCann                                   East of Building on Green (practice field)

Grounds Dept.                        North of Building

Maintenance Shop                 South of Building on Green

Steel Plant                               South of Building on Green

Boat Houses                          South of Building on Green

Fishkill Extension                  South of Building on Green

For Additional Resources Visit:

NYS - Office of Fire Prevention & Control (OFPC) 

Igot2kno - A Safety and Prevention Resource

Campus Fire Safety

U.S. Fire Administration

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