The Higher Education Act and Clery Act require institutions to disclose annual fire reports and submit them to the Department of Education. Platt College prepares an annual mandated fire report that contains the following information:
- Fire Statistics for the college
- Fire prevention including fire drills
- Procedures for building evacuation in the case of a fire.
- Plans for future improvements in fire safety, if determined by the college
- Fire: According to Higher Education Act, a fire is defined as any instance of open flame or other burning in a place not intended to contain the burning or in an uncontrolled manner.
- Cause of Fire: The factor or factors that give rise to a fire. The causal factor may be, but is not limited to, the result of an unintentional or intentional action, mechanical failure, or act of nature.
- Unintentional Fire: A fire that does not involve an intentional human act to ignite or spread fire into an area where the fire should not be.
- Intentional Fire: A fire that is ignited, or that results from a deliberate action, in circumstances where the person knows there should not be a fire.
- Undetermined Fire: A fire in which the cause cannot be determined.
- Fire Related Injury: Any instance in which a person is injured as a result of a fire, including an injury sustained from a natural or accidental cause, while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of fire. The term “person” may include students, employees, visitors, firefighters, or any other individual.
- Fire Related Death: Any instance which a person is killed as a result of a fire, including death resulting from a natural or accidental cause while involved in fire control, attempting rescue, or escaping from the dangers of fire; or dies within one year of injuries sustained as a result of the fire.
- Value of Property Damage: The estimated value of the loss of the structure and contents, in terms of the cost of replacement in like kind and quantity. This estimate should include contents damaged by fire, and related damages caused by smoke, water, and overhaul; however it does not include indirect loss, such as business interruption.
- Fire Safety System: Any mechanism or system related to the detection of a fire, the warning resulting from a fire, or the control of a fire. This may include sprinkler systems or other fire extinguishing systems, fire detection devices, stand-alone smoke alarms, devices that alert one to the presence of a fire, such as horns, bells, or strobe lights; smoke control and reduction mechanisms; and fire doors and walls that reduce the spread of a fire.
If you become aware of a fire or hear a fire alarm, the first priority is getting out safely. Once clear of the building and in a safe location, call 911 or 303-627-3130 from a cell phone to report the emergency.
- Take ALL fire alarms seriously and leave the building immediately. Do not stop.
- Feel door handles. If they are warm, do not open them. Find another way out of your room. If you can’t get out, signal for help.
- Close doors behind you.
- Stay low when there is smoke, where the air is cleaner and cooler.
- Always use closest exit or stairway; NEVER use elevators.
- If the alarm is on your way out, pull it!
- Once outside, do not go back in!
- If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop, and roll.
- Quickly cool any burns with water and seek medical attention.
Fire Safety Do’s
- DO treat every fire alarm as an emergency. If the alarm sounds, exit the building immediately.
- DO remain in your room if you are unable to exit the building safely because of smoke or fire. Keep the door closed and await assistance from the fire department. If smoke is entering under or around the door, stuff damp sheets or blankets in the spaces to help keep smoke out. If possible, open a window and waive or hang a brightly colored towel or garment to notify rescue personnel of your location.
- DO close the doors behind you if it is safe to leave your room.
- DO become aware of your neighbors and note if they have not evacuated and tell authorities they are missing and may need assistance.
Fire Safety Dont’s
- DON’T assume that a fire alarm is a test or burned microwave popcorn. Any alarm could be the result of a dangerous fire.
- DON’T waste time collecting personnel items. Take your keys and yourself to safety as soon as possible.
- DON’T use the elevators during a fire emergency; always use the stairs.
- Located on both floors of the building
Reported each October 1 annually, as of October 1, 2018, there are no reported fires at Platt College.