Personal Safety

Aberdeen is a safe city with a low crime rate, however be sensible about when and where you walk. Behave as you would do at home and don't take lifts from people you don't know. Be alert when walking up lanes alone, especially after dark or on your way back to Campus after a night out.

If you are going to Hillhead, the quickest route to the campus is via St Machar Drive and Don Street. The elevated walkway was put there to keep you safe so make sure you use it.

Site Safety

Although we have extensive CCTV and regular security patrols, it’s important to keep your eyes open for anyone who looks suspicious, especially when you’re going into Halls and someone is coming through the door behind you who may not be a resident. Particularly at Hillhead, where there are lots of different entrances and residents.

Personal Safety and Security

It’s important to keep your eyes open for anyone who looks suspicious, especially when you’re going into Halls and someone is coming through the door behind you who may not be a resident. Don’t let strangers into your building. If the caller is not for you, don’t let them in.

Please telephone reception on 01224 274000 if you think there is any suspicious activity on site.

SafeZone

The University has introduced a free app that connects you to the University security team if you ever need urgent help, first aid or if you have an emergency while on campus, further details can be found at www.abdn.ac.uk/infohub/safezone.php

Fire Safety

The consequences of a fire in a hall of residence can be extremely serious and potentially life threatening.  Do not be the person who puts the lives of your friends and other residents at risk.

This short video will show you how fires can be easily avoided by following basic rules.

Fire instructions

Fire instructions are attached to your room door and notice boards.  Please read them.

It is your responsibility to know where the nearest fire exits and assembly points are, as well as break glass points and fire fighting equipment.

Smoke detectors

All Fire/Heat/Smoke/CO detectors are designed to provide early warning of a fire and the slightest waft of smoke will set them off, be careful when cooking, do not cover the smoke detectors either - they may save your life!

Here's a few ideas to avoid setting the alarms off:

  • Close the kitchen door if there's going to be any fumes or smoke while you are cooking
  • Don't use electrical kitchen items in rooms other than kitchens 
  • Check out the fire safety DVD which can be viewed on your online induction at www.abdn.ac.uk/eaccommodation/

Interference with or misuse of fire safety equipment

It is a criminal act to interfere with, misuse or remove any such equipment:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Smoke detectors (including covering up)
  • Break glass alarm call points
  • Fire exit signs

These are all there to protect life and property. Tampering with fire equipment will result in a fine of up to £250. There is an automatic fine for covering up smoke detectors of £50.

Only set off the fire alarm if you think there's a fire. Setting off the alarm for any other reason will get you into serious trouble with the University, the Fire Brigade and the Police.

Routine regular inspection of fire equipment and electrical items will take place. Please do not tamper with fire equipment as this will result in a fine.

Preventing fires

It should be obvious, but don't block the Fire Escape Routes with rubbish, bikes and other items.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed in University accommodation (including electronic cigarettes) and will result in disciplinary action and charges for additional cleaning and redecorating.

There is an automatic fine for covering up smoke detectors of £50.

No cause for alarm

Here are some simple guidelines to help prevent fires:

  • Never cook after drinking alcohol
  • Never leave cooking unattended
  • Keep kitchen doors closed at all times
  • Never overfill any pan
  • Never overload plugs, make sure extension cables are suited to the appliances you have plugged in and ALWAYS use UK approved adaptors for international appliances
  • Ensure leads and flexes are in good condition
  • Check the fuse is the right size for the appliance
  • Unplug electrical appliances that are not designed to be left on, before going to bed and when going out
  • Smoking is not allowed in accommodation - there is an automatic fine for covering up smoke detectors of £50.
  • No Candles or Fairy lights are allowed in University accommodation
  • Keep cookers clean and grill pans free from fat
  • Do not store rubbish; remove to the external bins on a regular basis
  • Don't wedge doors open

If you discover a fire:

  1. Whilst exiting the building immediately break the glass over the nearest fire alarm button.
  2. Go to the nearest telephone and dial (9)999.
  3. When the Fire Brigade answers, say ‘Fire' at (Crombie Johnston/Hillhead/Elphinstone – block, room or flat) and give full address details.
  4. Go to your assembly point

The porters deal with all fire alarm activations - pass on any information you have about the fire to them.

If smoke is emerging from a closed door, never open the door to investigate, follow the procedures above.

On hearing the alarm in your own block:

  1. Close the window and door of your room.
  2. Leave the building quickly, but without running.
  3. Go immediately to your assembly point and await further instructions from the Porters.
  4. Remain at the Assembly Point until dismissed, or instructed to proceed elsewhere.

Assembly points are detailed in full on the back of your door.