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Control of Fire Hazards

A high standard of housekeeping and building maintenance is probably the most important factor in the prevention of fire. Listed below are some specific hazards:

  • Storage of combustible material in unapproved spaces such as stairwells or fire escapes.
  • Fire and smoke barrier door wedged open or not operating properly.
  • Improper storage of flammable gasses and liquids.
  • Defective electrical wiring and appliances and over-fusing.
  • The use of extension cords as permanent wiring.
  • Clothes dryer lint collector full or improperly vented.
  • Careless disposal of cigarettes.
  • Kitchen hoods and filters not properly cleaned.
  • Improper disposal of oily rags.

In General, Occupants Should:

  • Know how to alarm occupants of building upon discovery of fire by using pull stations.
  • Call Toronto Fire Services by dialing 9-1-1 (Or call Campus Security by dialing 88 from any Seneca phone) immediately whenever you need assistance.
  • Know where the exits are located.
  • Know that the address of the Newnham Campus is 1750 Finch Avenue East.
  • Notify security if special assistance is required in the event of an emergency.
  • Know the fire alarm signals and the procedures established to implement safe evacuation.
  • Obey warnings and directions given over the emergency voice communication system, by firefighters or by security personnel.
  • Know the supervisory staff in the building and report any fire hazard to supervisory staff.
  • Not smoke anywhere inside college buildings. Outdoor smoking must only be done in designated areas and ashes should be disposed of properly.
  • Not store any materials or equipment in exit stairwells.
  • All personal electrical appliances used by occupants must be closely monitored and must meet CSA Standards.
  • Do not wedge open any fire doors or disengage the self-closing device installed on them.