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Fire Emergencies

Because our buildings are old and many students live in them, fire safety is of utmost importance. Please read the following section carefully. Each student must be very conscious of fire prevention guidelines and know what to do in the event of a fire.


If you hear a fire alarm, smell smoke, or see flames, you must act quickly, calmly, and decisively. If you discover a fire, you should



  1. Pull the nearest fire alarm if possible and call 911 immediately. 

  2. Follow established evacuation procedures. 

  3. Notify Boston Conservatory Public Safety at (617) 912-9191.

Fire Evacuation Procedure



  1. If you can leave your room 


    1. Be sure you have your shoes on. 

    2. If it is cold, take your coat. 

    3. Take a towel with you to be used in case of smoke. 

    4. If there is smoke, stay low, below the smoke if possible. 

    5. If there is time, pound on doors or shout a warning as you leave. 

    6. Proceed through the nearest exit in an orderly fashion.

  2. If your door is too hot to touch or if the smoke is too heavy 


    1. Do not try to open the door. 

    2. Wedge a cloth around the cracks and remain in the room. 

    3. Open a window wide enough to attract the attention of firefighters and await rescue.

  3. Once you are outside 


    1. Move away from the building and await instructions. 

    2. Stay with other residents so everyone can be accounted for. 

    3. Do not re-enter the building until you have gained permission from a Boston Conservatory staff member or the fire chief.

If you fail to exit during a fire alarm, you are endangering not only your life but also the lives of firefighters and staff members who would try to rescue you in the event of a fire. Failure to evacuate during a fire alarm is a serious violation of residence hall regulations and federal laws. Furthermore, tampering with any fire equipment, including but not limited to fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, is a federal crime and will be treated as such.


Please see the Fire and Health Policies in this guide for more information.

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