Fire Safety Policy & Procedures

What should you do when you hear a fire alarm?  The simple answer is Get Out!

As soon as you hear the alarm you are to exit the building via the nearest and safest exit.  If you live in a residence with elevators, do not use them during a fire evacuation.  Elevators will not be functional during a fire alarm.  You are to convene in a calm and orderly fashion at your designated short-term fire location. 

There are “In case of Fire” signs posted on the back of each student’s bedroom door.  Also, a “Nearest Exit” map can be found on the back of each unit’s front door in Erindale Hall, Oscar Peterson Hall and Roy Ivor Hall.  Please familiarize yourself with this information and take notice of what to do if you are unable to safely exit the building.  An example of this information is included below. *

Special Assistance / Emergency Preparedness Form is available for those students who may need special assistance during a fire alarm. Completing this form is voluntary and the information provided is confidential and will be used only for emergency purposes.

The form is available online, Emergency Preparedness Form - Special Assistance

Any individuals needing special assistance and who are unable to exit the building are asked to follow the instructions below. *  If special assistance is no longer needed, please notify the Assistant Director, Residence Life.

If during evacuation you see fire, the cause of the fire, smoke or anything else important relating to the fire, please report this information to the Fire Warden.  Fire Wardens are responsible for coordinating the evacuation and collecting information related to the fire.  During an evacuation, they will be wearing reflective vests so they are more easily identified.

Also, take a mental note of the whereabouts of anyone known to be unable to leave the building and report it to the Fire Warden.



Feel door for heat and check for smoke before opening.  If smoke is heavy in the corridor or you cannot safely leave your suite.  It may be safer to stay in your area. 

·       Close all doors.

·       Go to most smoke-free room.

·       Place wet towels at bottom of the door.

·       Seal door cracks and air vents.

·       Keep low to the floor where the air is cleaner.

·       Open window for fresh air.

·       Hang a sheet from window to flag location.

·       Call 911 and tell them where you are.


In event of a long-term evacuation, please check the Student Housing & Residence Life website and your Utoronto email account frequently for updates.