Quick Guide to Building Security
- Card keys You must use a card key to enter the
building after hours. Some doors will trigger an alarm
automatically if opened. There are two types of alarm.
One type (on the emergency exits) is loud screeching alarm.
It will stop when you close the door. You must close the
door within a few seconds to avoid permanent hearing damage.
(Note: The Institute did not install these alarms and has
no control over them. They were installed by the building
owners.) The other type (on the front
door) is a quiet beeping sound that calls the police if it's
not deactivated within a few minutes. If you trigger this alarm
accidentally, use the phone on the front desk and call
one of the numbers printed on your card key to have the
- Access to third floor Your card key is also needed
to reach the third floor. There is a doorbell at the top
of the stairs if the receptionist isn't around.
- Doors The security doors to the laboratory areas
and main office must be closed after hours and on weekends.
If you prop the door open, it will send an alarm. Do not
prop open the doors near the front or rear stairwells. This
would allow intruders to enter the laboratory areas.
- Fire drills In the event of a fire alarm, third
floor personnel are supposed to go to the far right (south)
corner of the front parking lot. One of the secretaries is
supposed to wear a bright orange vest during a fire drill
so that people know where they're supposed to go. The fire
alarm horns emit a high-pitched beeping over 100 decibels.
It's recommended to wear hearing protection when leaving
the building during a fire alarm to avoid hearing damage.
- Radioactive areas Some laboratories are posted
with large yellow signs that say, "Caution Radioactive
Materials" or "Caution Radiation Area." Food and drink are
not permitted in these rooms.