Fire Safety at Wellesley College

Required reading and viewing for orientation and all students

Fire Safety & Emergency Evacuations for Residence Halls

At Wellesley College we all have responsibility for fire and life safety. An important part of each person’s responsibility is being familiar with your surroundings and following these guidelines to ensure the safe and timely evacuation of all building occupants during a man-made or natural emergency:

  • Respond and react to every fire alarm by evacuating quickly and safely.
  • Locate the two exit pathways from your space. Count the number of doors between your room and the exits. This can assist you during an emergency evacuation.
  • Know where the fire alarm pull stations on your floor are so they may be activated in the event of a potential life-threatening emergency.
  • Do not block fire extinguishers and other fire safety equipment – maintain these areas for quick and easy access at all times.
  • Keep egress paths clear - this includes hallways and stairwells. Do not store personal items, furniture, file cabinets, etc. in these areas.
  • Ensure that fire doors are kept closed at all times.
  • Cook only where permitted and never leave cooking unattended.
  • Do not smoke inside buildings.
  • Do not overload electrical outlets.
  • Have an escape plan and always have an alternative exit.

Academic & Administration Buildings

Fire Safety Videos


Questions? Concerns?

Contact Fire Safety Officers at x3885, or email: