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Fire Prevention

The US Department of Education requires colleges and universities to post to the community an Annual Fire Safety Report The report must include:

  • The number of fires in each on-campus housing facility.
  • The number of deaths related to the fire.
  • The number of injuries related to the fire that resulted in treatment at a medical facility.
  • The value of property damage related to the fire.
  • A description of the fire safety system for each on-campus student housing facility.
  • The number of fire drills held the previous calendar year.
  • The university’s policies regarding portable electrical appliances, smoking and open flames in student housing facilities.
  • Procedures for student housing evacuation.
  • Polices for fire safety education and training programs for students, faculty and staff.
  • A list of titles of each person or organization to which individuals should report that a fire has occurred.
  • Plans for future improvements in fire safety, if determined necessary by the institution.
  • The institution must maintain a “Fire Log” that is available upon request to any person.

University Fire Policy

In case of a fire in a campus building or residence hall, the OLLU Police Department should be contacted at 210-431-4022, Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or by dialing 210-433-0911 or extension 0911 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The San Antonio Fire Department can be reached directly at 911, or 207-7273 for non-emergencies.

Fire alarm procedures upon discovering a fire

The most important thing to remember in any emergency is to remain calm.

  • Activate the building fire alarm and initiate evacuation procedure
  • Contact the University Police at 210-433-0911 or extension 0911 immediately
  • Do not hang up the phone! Wait for the officer to terminate the conversation
  • Leave the building immediately and await the Fire Department outside to direct them to the fire scene
  • Do not use the elevators in a fire; they will stop if the power fails, possibly trapping you between floors
  • Never enter a burning building or attempt to fight the fire yourself
  • Treat each fire alarm as a real fire, until positively determined otherwise by the proper authorities

Eliminating campus fires and fire hazards

  • Do not overload electrical circuits. This can result in a fire
  • Candles, fireworks, incense, open flames and appliances with open heating elements are prohibited
  • Dispose of all waste as soon as possible
  • Do not block hallways, stairwells, exits or fire exits
  • Familiarize yourself with fire evacuation procedures for your office/work building or residence hall
  • Report any abuse of fire extinguishers or alarms