The Cheyney University Police Department is diligent in carrying out inspections of fire extinguishers and exit lighting, and providing evacuation and fire drill training. In addition to responding rapidly to fire alarms, the department partners with CU Facilities for testing and inspection of fire safety systems. Our ultimate goal is preventing the loss of life and, secondarily, limiting property damage.
Fire Safety Tips
- Keep halls and aisles clear of furniture and equipment that may obstruct means of egress.
- Extension cords use should be considered a temporary source of power and should not be used to provide electricity on a permanent basis. Be sure that extension cords do not pose a trip hazard to the area.
- Do not overload electrical circuits.
- Treat all fire alarms as if an actual fire is in progress. All personnel should leave the building immediately!
- Time is of the essence – escape first, then call for help.
- Become familiar with your building or residence hall’s evacuation plan and designated assembly points.
- Make sure you know two (2) ways to evacuate from where your office or room is. Remember —elevators don’t count!
- Know the location of the fire alarm pull stations – generally they are located at each exit door, fire rated stairwell and near elevators.
- If you are in an area that is on fire – stay low until you get outside the building and keep your mouth covered as much as possible.
- If your clothes should catch on fire-do not run! Stop where you are, drop to the ground and roll over to smother the flames. Cover your face with your hands to protect your face and lungs.
Know Your Evacuation Plan
Click on the links below to familiarize yourself with the Evacuation plan for Cheyney facilities, and follow it accordingly in the event of an emergency or a drill.
The Alarming Truth
Since 2000 more than 164 people have died in fires at colleges and universities. Four out of five of those deaths occur in off-campus housing.
The Alarming Truth is a short film produced as part of a national campaign to raise awareness about fire safety among college students. Funded under a Department of Homeland Security Fire Prevention and Safety grant, the film depicts a fire at an off-campus residence, and the unfortunate outcome that affects everyone involved.