Campus Safety

 

 

Living in Residence?

Researching in a Lab?

Working in an Office?

Residence 

Get to know your residence and the rest of campus 

Learn the exit routes out of your residence, as well as the buildings where your classes are held. Get to know the areas on campus where you will be spending your time. Try to enter buildings through different doors. Knowing your surrounding could save your life during an emergency.

Location of safety devices

Know where the closest pull station and fire extinguisher are located.

Operation of safety devices 

Know how to operate the pull station and fire extinguisher in your area. Only use in the event of an emergency

Know how to get help in an emergency

There are many ways to get in contact with emergency services on campus. Knowing where they are could save your life in the event of an emergency. Visit how to get help on campus to find out more information.

For more residence safety tips please visit the Residence Life Fire Safety web page to learn what your responsibilities are as a student living is residence. 

The University of Guelph Campus Community Police Building Access and Residence Security also highlights useful safety guidlines and tips.  

Lab 

Every person that works in a lab MUST take the appropriate training before starting work in the lab. This training will help reduce the possibility of a fire/medical emergency occurring within your lab. It is the Supervisors responsibility to ensure this training takes place.

The Lab Safety Manual (PDF) includes all information needed for anyone who works or will be working in a lab.

Lab supervisors are responsible for ensuring that monthly checks on fire extinguishers are performed (section 10 Lab Safety Manual)

Because each lab has different safety concerns, make sure your supervisor fully explains the lab specific hazards in each area where your work is conducted.  There are campus wide safety rules which are outlined on the Environmental Health and Safety Website.

If you have any questions regarding the manual please contact the University Lab Safety Coordinator at extension 54270.

For more information on Lab Safety and resources please visit the Lab Safety website.

Office

Know your surroundings

Be familiar with different exit routes from your work space and your building.  If you work in more than one building ensure you understand where the exits are in those buildings are.

Location of safety devices 

Know where the closest pull station and fire extinguisher are located.

Operation of safety devices learn how to operate the pull station and fire extinguisher in your area.

 

Know how to get help in an emergency

There are many ways to get in contact with emergency services on campus. Knowing where they are could save your life in the event of an emergency. Visit how to get help on campus to find out more information.

Safety Practices

Do not block or wedge open fire doors

Fire doors serve a purpose in the event of a fire.  The doors will impede the fire and smoke from spreading, and can help eliminate smoke and heat damage to a room. 

Do not use candles/incense

Candles and/or incense are not permitted in any residence on campus.

Only cook in designated areas

There are specific cooking areas within residences on campus.  You are only allowed to cook in these areas.

Do not leave cooking unattended 

While cooking do not leave the area. Unattended cooking is the second most common cause of fires in Canada.

No Smoking in any building 

There is no smoking inside any building on campus.

 

For more information please visit the Environmental Health & Safety web page.

Electrical Safety

  • Avoid plugging too many cords in to a single socket by using extension cords and power bars
  • Always use CSA approved equipment 
  • Space heaters are only to be used in extreme circumstances and can be signed out at the residence desks. Space heaters should only be used temporarily
  • Do not place combustibles on or around any heating elements
  • Never use extension cords in your room, a power bar is permitted.
  • If you require the use of a power bar ensure that it is CSA approved and only use the power bar for items such as your computer, cell phone, laptop. DO not use the power bar for any appliance such as a fridge.

General Safety

If you have a medical condition ensure that someone in your suite/room is aware of the problem in case a medical emergency occurs and you are unable to speak for yourself.  If you take medication on a regular basis, keep a list of those medications in your desk, and ensure someone else in your suite and/or room knows where the list is, and can access that location. If you have a medic-alert tag ensure that it is worn at all times and can be easily seen. 

 

Fire Emergency?

Call:

 x2000 or 519-840-5000

Non-emergency: x52071

Report a Fire Hazard