Robust fire safety measures at the Residential Colleges

The Residential Colleges (RCs) are committed to provide a safe living environment to our residents. A wide range of fire safety measures are in place:

  • Smoke detectors and/or fire alarms are installed in each room and throughout communal areas.
  • Fire drills are conducted each semester. All residents and personnel of the RCs are required to participate in the fire drill.
  • Security staff is available 24/7 to assist in any emergencies.

What residents can do

While there are robust fire safety measures, your awareness towards fire safety and cooperation are needed to keep us away from fire hazards:

  • Naked fire, any type of ignitions, and open flames such as candles, are not allowed in any areas of the RCs.
  • No smoking is allowed at the RCs and within the campus.
  • Never leave your cooking unattended.
  • Corridors, lobbies, hallways, walkways and stairs should be kept clear at all times.
  • Do not interfere with fire service installations, tamper with the fire sprinklers or hang things along the pipes.
  • Never overload electrical sockets or adapters.
  • It is not recommended to use electrical appliances from overseas. Even they are certified by overseas organisations, they may not be safe for use in Hong Kong.
  • Read the fire escape route and floor plan posted at your room.

In the event of a fire alarm

  • Remain calm. Walk, don’t run, especially when travelling on staircases.
  • Evacuate the building immediately and go to the assembly point using the nearest exit. Do not use the lift.
  • Report to your Departmental Safety Officer at the assembly point as far as practicable.
  • Do not return to the building until permission is given by the Fire Services Department Officer in charge of the scene.

If you see a fire

    1. Stay calm. Warn others around you.
    2. Activate the break glass in the corridor to sound the fire alarm bell.
    3. Do not use any lift, always use the stairs. Close the doors when you are leaving.
    4. Provided to our staff concerning the case would be very useful, including the location of incident, people and facility involved, if any.
    5. Dial 999 as well if you see someone lost consciousness, or being hurt and bleeding heavily. Please inform our security staff afterwards.
    6. If you have left the building, do not return until it is confirmed safe by the Fire Services Department.

You are able to evacuate smoothly only if you know well of the environment. Therefore it is important for you to familiarise yourself with the fire escape route and floor plan by reading the notice posted at your room.

Further information

You may find relevant information provided by Campus Development and Management Office here (for members of HSUHK only).