Emergency call boxes are located across campus.

To request a Campus Escort or Motorist Assistance, or to report a Lost Item, please call x4611.

College Police
Gathering Place Building
127 1/2 North Seventh Street
Marietta, OH 45750
Office: x 4611
(740) 376-4611
mcps@marietta.edu

To Call College Police from off-campus:
Dial (740) 376-3333

Or call Marietta Police Department:
911 for emergency
(740) 376-7070, Ext. 0
To Report a Crime

Safety Steering Committee

Student Life Feature 1

Fire Safety

Fire Safety is Everyone's Concern

A fire or emergency can strike quickly and without warning. For your safety, it is important for you to be prepared. Take the time to familiarize yourself with your building and the emergency equipment it contains.

  • Prepare an escape plan
  • Familiarize yourself with emergency equipment
  • Know at least two ways out

 

To Survive a Building Fire

Crawl if there is smoke
If you get caught in smoke, get down on the floor and crawl on your hands and knees. Cleaner, cooler air will be near the floor. Feel doors before opening Before opening any doors, feel the metal knob and the door itself. If it is hot, don't open the door. If it is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke is present, do not enter and immediately close the door.

Go to the nearest exit or stairway
If the nearest building exit is blocked by fire, heat, or smoke, go to another exit. Do not use elevators. Elevator shafts may fill with smoke or the power may fail, leaving you trapped. Most elevators have features that deactivate the elevator during an alarm. Standing or waiting for an elevator wastes valuable time. Stairway fire doors will keep out fire and smoke-if they are closed-and will protect you until you get outside. Close as many doors as possible as you are exiting the building. This helps to confine the fire.

 

If You Are Trapped

Keep the doors closed
If you are trapped in a room, open the windows from the top to let out the heat and smoke and from the bottom to let in fresh air. If the windows only opens from the bottom, open the window and stay on the floor, away from the window. Seal cracks and vents if smoke enters the room.

Signal for help
Hang an object out the window (bed sheet, jacket, etc.) to attract attention. If there is a phone in the room, call College Police at x 3333 and report you are trapped. Be sure to give your room number and location. Do not jump from the room. Any rescue attempts will be made by fire department personnel.

 

If You Are on Fire

Stop, drop and roll wherever you are
Rolling smothers the fire.

Cool down burns
Use tap water on burns immediately. Do not use ointments, butter or lard. If you are burned, call College Police 911 or (740) 376-3333 and we will dispatch an ambulance.

 

Upon discovering fire or smoke, remain calm. The following steps should be carried out in order, if it is safe to do so and time permits.

  1. Close doors in the immediate area to confine fire to as small area as possible.
  2. Report The Fire:
    Pull handle in the automatic fire alarm box nearest the area of the fire.
    Dial Marietta College College Police at 911 or (740) 376-3333.
    If the building is not equipped with a fire alarm system, notify as many persons in the building of the situation, if safe to do so.
  3. Persons hearing, seeing, or otherwise being informed of an activated fire alarm, or an actual fire in the building they are in, shall immediately begin the orderly evacuation of the building using available escape routes.
  4. Close remaining doors. This is to reduce air movement to a minimum so the fire cannot spread rapidly.
  5. Shut off fans, ventilating systems, oxygen systems, and non-essential electrical equipment.
  6. Do not fight the fire unless you are properly trained and it is safe to do so.
  7. Ensure that smoke barrier doors adjacent to your area are closed.
  8. When leaving an area, lighting should be left in an "as is" position.
  9. Do not use telephones unless the call relates to the fire situation or the location of non-ambulatory physically disabled persons.
  10. Do not attempt to use a building's elevators, as they should not funcation during a fire or fire alarm emergency. Elevators should only be used by Fire Department, Department of College Police, or Physical Plant personnel.
  11. In the event of an evacuation, all persons are responsible for their own personal property, e.g., brief cases, books, purses, etc.
  12. If time permits and there is no risk of personal injury, each faculty or staff person responsible for the activity in any room of the building has the duty to see that those rooms are completely evaculated and that doors are closed.
  13. If time permits, persons responsible for any currency shall secure such currency in a locked container.
  14. All persons having evacuated a building shall remain clear of, and at a safe distance from the building.

During the course of an evacuation, no person shall enter or re-enter the evacuating building, except those directly related to the emergency response, unless in the company of College Police, or Fire Department personnel until the "all clear" is given by the ranking officer of College Police or the Fire Department.

Regardless of cause, the activation of a building's fire alarm system is an order to initiate the immediate and orderly evacuation of that building. Ignoring an activated fire alarm could result in court citation or disciplinary procedures. The Department of College Police will take appropriate action, whether legal or administrative to enforce this provision.

 

Guidelines for Electrical Outlet Usage

  • Use strips/protectors that have a built in curcuit breaker. These units should trip the breaker, if the strip becomes overloaded, or if there is a surge in electricity.
  • Do not plug another strip/protector into an existing strip/protector (piggybacking).
  • Strip/protector must be UL (Underwriter Laboratory) approved.
  • There shall not be more than one strip/protector plugged into a dual electrical outlet.
  • UL approved strip/protectors can be purchased at any major department or hardware store.
  • Replace strip/protectors that do not have a built in breaker, if there are any frayed wires, or if the unit is not otherwise working properly.
  • The use of extension cords is discouraged and should only be used temporarily.
  • Replace worn or frayed entension cords and discard them. Do not run extension cords under carpets and tile.
  • Whenever possible, unplug extension cords when they are not in use.

Dormitory Fire Drills

A fire drill is conducted in each residence hall at the start of the Fall and Spring semesters.

On-Campus Housing Facilities Fire Safety Systems

The table below lists the safety systems in place at each of the residence halls at Marietta College. It also includes information on college sorority and fraternity housing.

Marietta College Resident Halls

Sprinkled

Smoke Alarms Single
Station not Monitored

Smoke Detectors by Building
Fire Alarm System

LCA

Yes

Yes

Yes

A&H

No

Yes

Yes

ATO

No

Yes

Yes

DTD

No

Yes

Yes

DW/MB/EN

No

Yes

Yes

Fayerweather

Yes

Yes

Yes

Harmar House

No

Yes

Yes

Marietta Hall

No

Yes

Yes

McCoy Hall

Yes

Yes

Yes

Parsons Hall

No

Yes

Yes

Pioneer House

No

Yes

Yes

Russell Hall

No

Yes

Yes

Russell Hall 1st Floor

No

Yes

Yes

 

Plans for Future Improvements

In an effort to promote safety, new campus buildings will continue to be constructed in full compliance with building and fire codes.  We continue to improve fire safety features in older buildings as we request funds and they become available, e.g., fire sprinklers are continuously installed in many older buildings, stairwells are being enclosed, etc.  These actions will greatly increase student and staff safety, and in the regrettable event of a fire, will reduce the extent and severity of the emergency.