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FRESNO FIRE DEPARTMENT

DORMITORY FIRE SAFETY LESSON PLAN

Slide 13

Case Study: Providence College 1977

  • 10 Students Perished

  • Contributing Factors:

    • Christmas Decorations

    • Heating System

    • Dead-end Corridors

  • The Fire was extinguished with only two hose lines!

Center corridor was similar to those at Fresno State. A window was opened, presumably to ventilate smoke. However, louvered doors allowed the spread of the fire to occur in corridor. What element was introduced to the fire? Answer: Oxygen Christmas decorations caused very fast, intense fire to occur. This caused deadly conditions in the corridor. However, the fire was practically out after consuming the decorative paper. Know your exits. Protect them! If fire occurs outside your room, don’t open the door unless you can exit. Many students survived simply by waiting in their rooms with the door closed.

Slide 14

Protect Exits

  • University of North Carolina

  • Open Stairwells Contributed to Fire Spread

  • Do not Block Stair Doors

  • CSUF Dorms are doing a Good Job here!

At UNC the following factors also existed: Combustible interior finish materials Improper use or disposal of smoking materials The lack of a fire detection and alarm system The lack of fire sprinklers

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