Fire Safety Information
All rooms are fitted with smoke detectors for your safety. Covering up or tampering with smoke detectors endangers the lives of all residents and is a criminal offence. Anyone found to have covered or tampered with the smoke detectors, fire extinguishers or other fire safety equipment will face severe disciplinary action and possible dismissal from ISH.
ISH reserves the right to fine any resident who regularly sets off the smoke
detectors due to their negligent behaviour, though we do understand that steam
from showers and hairspray or deodorant can sometimes accidentally activate an
All fire doors in corridors should be kept closed (not propped open) and should not be obstructed in any way. No naked flames at all are allowed, in particular
candles, incense sticks, oil burners, etc.
When the fire alarm sounds, please remain calm and do not panic, but stop what you are doing and evacuate the building immediately using the nearest available exit. Although the alarm may be silenced initially (usually after around 10-15 seconds), you should still proceed to evacuate the building.
To evacuate the building, make your way quickly and in an orderly fashion to the nearest available exit (DO NOT use the lift) and go directly to the Assembly Point. Do not stop to collect your bags,
laptops etc. Do not attempt to re-enter the building at any time until the ISH
Fire Manager or the London Fire Brigade confirm that all is clear and that it
is safe to re-enter the Building.
Assembly Point locations for Great Portland Street:
- In front of Pizza Express on Great Portland Street or
- (if it is not safe to evacuate through the car park) Park Crescent
If you discover a fire, please
remain calm and do not panic. No personal risk should be taken. Activate the
fire alarm at the nearest "break-glass" point. Inform the Duty
Manager of the location and nature of the fire. Dial 8375 from any internal phone. IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO, tackle the fire with the appropriate
equipment, but ONLY do so providing
· is not bigger than a small waste bin
· and the exit door is behind you and in sight
If fire and smoke increase, leave immediately via the nearest exit and update the Duty Manager.
A weekly fire alarm test will take place at the following time: Monday morning, 9.00 am
The alarm will sound three times for about 5-10 seconds each time after which it will be silenced. If it continues to sound, it is not a test and a full evacuation will
be required. There will be at least one full fire drill during the academic
year to check your knowledge of evacuation routes.