Fire Safety Dispatch: Spring Cleaning

Spring is traditionally the time to clear out unnecessary items that may have accumulated over the past year. The New York City Fire Department considers “excessive storage” conditions a contributing factor to the growth of large fires and an obstacle during evacuation.

We encourage everyone across the medical center to do the following:

  • Do not store anything in CUMC hallways.
  • Maintain an adequate aisle within your office or lab for emergency egress.
  • To discard large items, request a garbage bin, or request a recycling bin, submit a work order to CUMC Facilities or call 212-305-HELP (4357), option 3.

Fires and other emergencies can happen. For your safety and the safety of others, keep the tradition going—do some spring cleaning.

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