1. Fire Emergencies
2. Suggested Designated Areas
3. Shelter-in-Place
4. Fire Wardens
5. Fire Prevention (Smoking, Candles, Decorations, Storage)
6. Evacuation Procedures for Disabled Individuals


If it is a very small fire, alert the people in the laboratory and activate the alarm.

Call or designate someone nearby to call the Fire Department, 911. Never delay the arrival of help. Notify Public Safety at 215-596-7000.

Smother the fire or use the fire control equipment in your area to put out the fire, if you can do so without endangering yourself, and only if you have received University fire extinguisher training.  Then notify Public Safety and your supervisor. [Always stay on the exit side of a fire. Extinguishers only last for seconds!]. However, most importantly, your job is to get out safely, close the door behind you, and pull the fire alarm. (Call 911)

If there is a larger fire, remember R.A.C.E.:

Rescue - Remove people from immediate danger. (Alert people and protect yourself)
Alarm - Pull the nearest alarm. From a safe location, call 911 and/or call University Public Safety (X7000 or use emergency call boxes).
Confine - Close all doors.  Smoke can only be contained if drafts are removed and all fire doors kept closed.  Prevent smoke and fire from entering exit pathways. Never wedge or prop open a fire door.(i.e., at stairwells, exits, across hallways)
Exit - Exit or evacuate the building. Move away from the building to your pre-determined designated area. Do not use elevators.

Identify yourself as the person who notified or generated a notification to University Public Safety or Fire Emergency Personnel. Relay information about what occurred including special hazard information that you may know. The Fire Department will not fight a laboratory fire if they are concerned about the hazards. Special hazard information you may know is essential.

[Fire blankets may be used to help escape from a fire.]

If the fire alarms are ringing in your building:

Faculty, supervisors, managers, heads of departments shall inform their employees and students of their designated area in advance of a fire emergency or drill.

If you are a supervisor, account for your employees and report any missing persons to the fire emergency personnel at the scene. Assist fire emergency personnel as may be requested.

The fire alarms may not be silenced or reset until directed to do so by fire emergency personnel. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL DIRECTED TO DO SO BY UNIVERSITY PUBLIC SAFETY OR FIRE EMERGENCY PERSONNEL.

Suggested Designated Areas for Evacuation:

Alfred J. D'Angelo Mall or 43rd Street near Griffith Hall for:  McNeil Research Center, Rosenberger Hall and Whitecar Hall.

Alfred J. D'Angelo Mall or 42nd Street near East Building for:  Pharmacology/Toxicology Center.
Alfred J. D'Angelo Mall or 43rd Street near Rosenberger Hall for: Griffith Hall.

Woodland Avenue between crosswalk and 43rd Street for:  Kline Hall and Alumni Hall/Gymnasium..

42nd Street near Pharmacology/Toxicology Center for:  East Building.

42nd Street and Woodland Avenue, near the J. W. England Library for: 4140 Woodland Avenue Building.

Quad or Parking Lot behind Wilson and Goodman Halls for:  Residence Halls - Wilson Hall Student Center
and Goodman Hall.

43rd Street near loop road for:  4500 Woodland Avenue Building and Glasser Hall.

Across 42nd Street or rear parking lot for: Residence Hall - Osol Hall.  
Parking Lot behind Wilson and Goodman Halls for: Athletic Recreation Center and the McNeil
Science and Technology Center.

ARC Parking Lot for: Central Utility Plant.

SHELTER-IN-PLACE (Reverse Evacuation)

When directed by local authorities (KYW AM 1060), or notified through the Department of Public Safety's Emergency Notification System (ENS) network which utilizes e-mail, text messaging, the wide-area emergency broadcast system (WEBS), an internal phone system, video display systems, the campus TV cable network or website, or if the community alert siren system sounds in an emergency,

Siren Tests:

The Community Alert Siren System will be tested during the 1st Saturday of every month at noon and the test siren will sound for approximately 30 seconds. The test sirens should be ignored. In the event of a real emergency, the siren will sound continuously for 3 minutes.

  Suggested Designated Areas for Sheltering-in-Place:
  Alexandria Building - stay in suites, but move to the living room area
  Alumni Hall - 1st Floor interior corridor or room
  Athletic Recreation Center - All floor levels move to the 2nd floor interior rooms
  Central Utility Plant - Office room #105
  East Building - All floor levels move to the 2nd floor, room #200 or 2nd floor interior corridor or rooms
  Glasser Hall/4500 Woodland Avenue Building - Move to Glasser Hall interior rooms and corridors on floor levels two through six.
  Goodman Hall - 2nd floor, 3rd floor and 4th floor interior corridors
  Griffith Hall - GH-A, GH-C, 2nd floor interior corridor, 3rd floor interior corridor
  Kline Hall - 2nd floor lobby area and interior corridors
  Library - 2nd floor of the library's interior rooms
  McNeil Research Center- Move to the Pharmacology/Toxicology Building 2nd floor lobby area and 2nd floor interior corridors or rooms

McNeil Science & Technology Center - 2nd or 3rd floor interior rooms or corridors

  Osol Hall - 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th floor lobby areas
  Pharmacology/Toxicology Center - Vivarium locker rooms, 2nd floor lobby area and 2nd floor interior corridor or rooms
  Rosenberger Hall - Conference room #100, room #101, room #102 and nearby interior corridor
  Whitecar Hall - 2nd floor conference room #207 and interior corridor
  Wilson Hall - 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor interior corridors
  4140 Woodland Avenue Building - stay in interior rooms or corridors
  4140 Woodland Avenue Warehouse - interior offices or rooms
  4100 Chester Avenue Building - interior rooms or corridors



The fundamental purpose of a Fire Warden is to help direct the safe and orderly evacuation of the building in the case of a fire alarm, evacuation or other emergency.  The concern of Fire Wardens is for individual safety and not the protection or salvage of property.


Fire Wardens are charged with carrying out University procedures regarding evacuations and other emergencies.  Fire Wardens wear red jackets for recognition and as symbols of their authority.


The primary duty of a Fire Warden is to help direct the safe and orderly evacuation of people in their assigned areas of the building.  In addition, to assist University Public Safety with moving the occupants to a safe area.  (Away from the building) DO NOT put yourself in danger by waiting to ensure everyone evacuates.
It is the duty of a Fire Warden to regard a fire alarm as a potential fire emergency.  Fire Wardens should not take the time to ascertain whether the alarm represents a false alarm or a bona fide emergency situation.
Fire Wardens should ensure that doors in their area are closed on their way out.  This will eliminate drafts and provide for containment of deadly smoke, gases and fire in the event of a fire emergency.
As a Fire Warden, report individuals who are not evacuating to the responding University Public Safety Officer.
Fire Wardens should help the University Public Safety Officers and responding emergency officials keep employees and students from re-entering the building until the "all clear" is given. (Even if the bells have stopped ringing) Responding fire department personnel or University Public Safety, with the fire department's permission, will give the "all clear".
If you can safely do so, Fire Wardens are requested to assist a person with physical disabilities. See Evacuation Procedures for Disabled Individuals.

Shelter-in-Place Duties

When requested to Shelter-in-Place, or when the community alert siren system sounds in an emergency, Fire Wardens should help direct people to the building's inside Shelter-in-Place recommended area(s) or to an interior corridor, classroom or office. Ensure that all windows and doors are closed. When a Shelter-in-Place emergency is over, Fire Wardens should help University Public Safety direct people outside and open operable windows and doors.



Due to the accumulating evidence that smoking increases the risk of cancer and other health hazards and the passing of Philadelphia's Clean Indoor Air Worker Protection Law, employees are prohibited from smoking in all campus buildings and in all University-owned vehicles. Smoking is also prohibited within 20 feet of any building entrance. Please remember to dispose of all ashes and discarded cigarettes properly.


Lighted candles, incense and potpourri are prohibited in all University buildings. Candles or small heating sources (i.e., alcohol burning devices) may be used for catered events when securely fixed on substantial non-combustible bases and in spill-proof containers. Candles must be so located as to avoid the danger of igniting combustible materials.



Combustible materials are those capable of burning and igniting when exposed to heat, sparks, or flames. (such as paper, wood, cardboard, furniture, cloth, plastic, etc.)

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