11. Fire Safety

Fire is a very serious hazard. Every resident must read the fire notice posted in his or her room. It is your responsibility to make yourself familiar with the fire exits in your house, the position of break-glass alarms and the position of fire extinguishers.

In the event of fire, raise the alarm: leave your house swiftly, closing all doors, especially fire doors, as you leave; alert the bursary staff, the Porter or Junior Dean, as appropriate. If none of these is to hand, phone the fire brigade by dialling 999.  Give the operator the number of the telephone and ask for ‘Fire’. When the Fire Brigade replies give the message distinctly: FIRE AT HARRIS MANCHESTER COLLEGE … (location) …. Do not replace the receiver until you hear the Fire Brigade repeat the message.

Assemble in the Arlosh Quad and wait there until allowed to return to your room by the fire officer. DO NOT attempt to use an extinguisher unless you are CERTAIN of the cause of the fire and the type of extinguisher to hand and you are competent to use it.

Precautions at all times should include switching off and disconnecting electrical appliances when they are not in use and avoiding overloading the electrical circuits, especially the lighting circuit. Candles must not be used in any room other than the Dining Hall.

Improper use of fire extinguishers is a criminal offence: as such it will incur a very heavy fine and may lead to criminal proceedings.

Under no circumstances should smoke alarms in rooms or corridors be tampered with. Anyone attempting to disable a smoke alarm will be fined and may be required to move out of College.

At some stage during the early part of the term a fire practice will be held and there will be further practices later in the academic year. Please familiarise yourself with the procedures to be adopted in case of fire, and be prepared to carry them out when the fire bell rings.

On Mondays mornings a regular test of the fire alarms takes place in designated areas of the College. This lasts approximately 10 seconds. Should it last for more than 30 seconds normal fire avoidance procedures should be followed.