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Fire Emergencies

All fires are to be reported to the Daytona Beach Fire Department and the Campus Safety/Security Office; the order of the call will depend on the fire.

If fires appear minor and controllable, telephone the Campus Safety/Security office and then direct the charge of the fire extinguisher toward the base of the fire.  If the fire appears large and uncontrollable, immediately telephone the Daytona Beach Fire Department (911), close but do not lock all doors to confine the fire on your way out/away from the fire, calmly alert others to walk quickly to the designated area and telephone Campus Safety/Security notifying them of the 911 call you placed prior to leaving the area.

Fires are dangerous and destroy life and property, therefore regular fire drills are recommended campus wide. In every building, all exits should be identified and well lit by emergency generators, warning signs should be posted by each elevator door to use the stair in case of a fire, fire alarms should be tested regularly, designated areas should be established (approx 500 feet away from the buildings) in a clear area for accountability.  If a person is trapped inside a burning building, stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.  If a window is present, use an article of clothing or paper as a marker of the rescue crews.  If a window is not present, shout at regular intervals to alert rescue crews.

Heat Waves are high temperatures and high humidity with limited air limited air movement.  The elderly, very young, obese, those who work outdoors and substance abusers are most at risk from succumbing to heat.  The three heat-related illnesses are: Heat Stress, Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke and left un-treated, can result in death.  Some symptoms are headaches, dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting, upset stomach, vomiting, dry and hot skin with limited to no sweating, mental irritability, confusion or lost of consciousness. 

Suggested Safety Tips
Avoid strenuous activity at the hottest point in the day, avoid constant sunlight, drink plenty water regularly, avoid alcohol and caffeine, wear lightweight-light colored clothing, avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.  If an emergency has been identified, telephone 911 and the Office of Campus Safety/Security, move the worker/person to a cool shaded area, loosen or remove heavy clothing, provide cool drinking water, fan and or mist the person with water.  When planning outdoor activities during the summer months (strenuous in nature) contact the Office of Campus Safety/Security, Physical Plant or consult the local for news for weather advisories.

Wildfires generate excessive heat and large thick clouds of smoke.  If you have respiratory problems, stay indoors.  If you must be out and about, place a damp cloth over your mouth and nose as you move quickly to the indoors, also refer to heat wave tips.  Avoid entering any perimeters established by the Fire Department.  To protect campus property: Physical Plant must maintain a healthy, watered defensible space of a lawn and plants around the structures, install roof covering material with a Class A fire resistive rating, skirt all mobile homes/trailers, cover all chimneys, attic, soffit vents and elevated wood decks with a non-combustible screening of mesh, remove dry vegetation, thick beds of pine needles dead tree limbs and/or branches that rest on structures.

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