Policies and Procedures

Residence Hall Fire Alarm Response Policy for Physically Challenged Person(s)

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
Lowell, Massachusetts

When the fire alarm system is activated, proper response actions of physically challenged person(s), local Fire Department and University staff are required. To assure the safety of all individuals, the following procedures and information must be practiced.

Responsibility of the Physically Challenged Person

  1. If in own suite when fire alarm sounds, resident will return to bedroom, keeping both suite and bedroom doors shut, and use telephone to notify University Police of the exact location.
  2. If in a common area (Hallway, Washroom, etc.) of a Residence Hall, resident should proceed to nearest stairwell and have other residents notify the fire officials and the staff to their exact location.
  3. Residents responsible for guests must direct individual to nearest stairwell and have other residents exiting the building notify fire officials and staff of their exact locations.

Fire Department Response Actions

  1. The Fire Department will respond to the building in alarm within three to five minutes of alarm system activation.
  2. Located within the "City fire box" (located at front entrance) a list of names, room number and suite access keys are provided to the Fire Department.
  3. If a fire emergency is determined, the Fire Department will respond to the identified room locations and notify occupants of situation and/or evacuate the individual to safe area.

Responsibility of University Staff in NON-EMERGENCY situations

  1. During the hours of 7 p.m.-7 a.m., when Resident Life Staff will follow up with the residents personally informing them of non-emergency status. When necessary, staff will key into suite/room to confirm a non-emergency status.
  2. During the hours of 7 a.m.-7 p.m., when Residence Life Staff does not contact University Police within 10 minutes, University Police will follow up with the resident(s) by personally informing them of non-emergency status.