Fire and Safety

CEU is committed to maintaining a comprehensive fire safety program for all members of the University community. In order for these to be effective there must also be campus-wide support. Adherence to the fire and safety rules of the University, including cooperation
during fire drills - announced and unannounced, are essential parts of the fire safety program.

All students, employees and visitors should fully acquaint themselves with actions to be taken in case of fire, bomb alerts or other emergencies.

A training session on fire safety is obligatory for every student and employee each Academic Year. These will be coordinated by the Building Management for all employees and in coordination with the Dean of Students office for students. Fire drills are organized to ensure that evacuation procedures can be carried out smoothly in case of emergency. Community members with special needs / mobility limitations preventing them from using the stairs should inform their Unit head and the Facility Management at to prepare a personalized evacuation plan.

Fire escapes routes are marked in each building by international symbols of green/white lights. Upon noticing a fire you should should spread the alarm and then evacuate the respective building immediately via the nearest emergency exit. The use of elevators is not permitted. Escape routes and doors must not be blocked even for short periods of time.
Community members with special needs / mobility limitations preventing them from using the stairs should always follow their personalized evacuation plan.

Smoke and fire detectors are installed in all CEU buildings. Fire or smoke will automatically activate the alarms. Smoking is not permitted in any CEU buildings. As smoke detectors might also be activated by using aerosol spray, please do not use these near the detectors.

Sprinkler systems will be activated in the event of fire. These are sensitive systems and should not be tampered with.

Marked fire escape staircases must not be used for regular access. After entering these staircases it is not possible to return into the building, as using the emergency exit during normal operations triggers the alarm system.

General Fire Safety Guidelines

Fire prevention

  • Never tamper with fire safety equipment
  • Do not use open flames for anything
  • Report worn or damaged cords
  • No smoking is permitted anywhere within the campus, buildings or open spaces
  • Participate in fire drills

Plan escape routes

  • Know all exits in the building
  • Always have two means of exit memorized
  • Know the location of the fire alarm boxes and fire extinguishers
  • Remain calm
  • In case of smoke stay low to the ground and cover your nose and mouth
  • Do NOT use an elevator in the event of a fire

In Case of Fire or Smoke 

Anyone noticing a fire or smoke should call the Front office by dialing 7111, 7911 or use the nearest alarm box in the corridor, or dial 112 emergency line. 

In case of a fire emergency call, the following information must be given: 

  • the exact location of the fire (town, street name, house number, exact location within the building) 
  • what is burning 
  • how big the fire is 
  • who and what is in danger 
  • are people injured or non-responsive 
  • whether the rescue of people within the building has already begun 
  • name and phone number of the person who is reporting the fire (In many cases the personnel on duty at the local fire service department will contact the person who reported the fire in order to get more information that might help in the firefighting intervention) 

In addition to the above in case of fire or smoke: 

  • Notify people in the area 
  • Close the door behind you 
  • Pull the fire alarm box 
  • Evacuate the building 
  • Meet in the assembly area 
  • Always remain calm 

What to do when a fire alarm goes off 

  • Evacuate immediately upon hearing the fire alarm 
  • Never ignore fire alarms 
  • Do not wait to see or smell smoke 
  • Do not stop to collect your belongings 
  • Follow instructions from authorities, CEU staff and emergency responders 

What to do if you cannot leave your area 

  • If the door or handle is hot, don't open the door 
    • Go to the window and attract someone's attention, by yelling or waving something 
    • Wait for help, don't panic or jump 
  • If the door or handle is NOT hot, open slowly 
    • Check for smoke or fire before exiting the room 
    • Close the door behind you 
    • Pull the fire alarm box on your way out 
    • Get out of the building before phoning for help 
    • Stay low to the floor 
    • Meet at the assembly area 
    • Follow instructions from CEU emergency team, fire department or any other authorities