Hazardous Odors or Leaks and Utility Failures | Judson University Christian College

Hazardous Odors and Leaks

Report any hazardous gas leaks to Elgin Police by calling 911. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Building name
  • Nature of the incident
  • Floor or area which is affected
  • Room number
  • Type of incident
  • The name of the chemical or gas (if known)

Suspicious Odors or Leaks

Should you detect any suspicious odors or a suspected slight odor of gas, dial 911 and report it to the Elgin Police. They will send someone to check on the problem.

Steam Leaks

If the steam leak is inside the building, evacuate the area and close the door behind you. Steam can cause severe burns, displace oxygen, and moisture from steam can conduct electricity. A steam leak may cause the building’s fire alarm to sound. Even if you have determined the problem is a steam leak, exit the building immediately.

Gas leaks or visible fire from gas cylinders or piping:

  • Evacuate the area and dial 911 to notify the Elgin Police of the incident and follow all instructions given to you by the 911 dispatcher.
  • If it is an explosive gas (eg. natural gas), DO NOT use or activate items that can generate a spark in the general vicinity. Light switches, fire alarm pull stations, phones, elevator cars, etc., are all sources that can initiate a spark, which could ignite explosive gas.
  • Confine any fire or fumes to the extent possible (close off any doors to the affected area, if you can do so safely as you evacuate). This will help limit the impact of the leak or fire.
  • Notify others in the immediate area, if you can do so safely.

Evacuation Due to Gas Leak

  • If it is necessary to evacuate the building, activate the building’s fire alarm and leave the building (Note: DO NOT activate the fire alarm if it is an explosive gas such as natural gas).
  • If it is an explosive gas, such as natural gas, exit the building via the stairwell. Do not use an elevator.
  • Confine any fire or gases to the extent possible by closing the doors behind you as you leave. This will help limit the impact of the leak.
  • Notify others in the immediate area and, as you exit knock on office doors and inform as many people as possible if you are unable to activate the building’s fire alarm.
  • Upon exiting the building, get a safe distance from the building (at least 100 feet away).
  • Remain upwind of the leak.
  • Leave adequate room for police and other emergency responders.
  • Do not return to the building until given approval by fire or police personnel.
  • If you have information about the source of the odor or leak, give the information to any police officer or firefighter at the scene.

Water Leaks / Flooding

In the event of water leaks, try to contain the leakage in a container to minimize damage or safety hazards. If it is a significant water leak, avoid the area where water has accumulated, and wait for help. Remember: Water makes an excellent conductor of electricity; thus electric shock is a strong possibility. Immediately cease use of all electrical equipment. If the leak is from an unknown source, avoid contact with leaking material. It may be hazardous. In case of accidental contact, wash immediately and thoroughly with soap and water.

Utility Failures

Report any utility failure to Plant Operations by calling x2480 or Campus Safety at x9999. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name/room number/phone number
  • Building name/floor number affected
  • Nature of the incident

Electrical Failure:

The Judson University electricians will assess the situation and determine the appropriate course of action. In the event of a significant power failure, the building’s emergency lighting system will provide limited electricity to crucial areas of the building, including emergency lighting.

  • Turn off all electrical equipment including computers. Do not turn any electrical equipment back on until given the approval of your supervisor or building captain.
  • Some buildings’ emergency lighting power source is provided by battery and will have a limited amount of time the emergency lighting remains on. In this instance, you should evacuate the building when the emergency lighting comes on. This is especially important if there is limited or no natural lighting available along your path.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until all power has been restored.
  • Remember: The elevators will not function in a power failure. Use the stairs if you evacuate the building.
  • If trapped in an elevator, use the elevator’s emergency phone to notify Campus Safety. If there is no emergency phone in the elevator, trigger the elevator’s emergency alarm button.

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