Fire

In the event of a fire–large or small–the building should first be evacuated according to building evacuation procedures and then the fire should be reported.

Students and employees should become familiar with the location of emergency exits, stairwells, alarm pull stations, and fire extinguishers in buildings they regularly use. During an evacuation, please be aware of individuals with special needs and be prepared to help as required.

Actions

    In the event of a fire or suspected fire:

  • If a burning odor or smoke is present, pull a fire alarm to activate the fire alarm system.
  • If you are inside a room and the door is closed, feel the door before opening it:
        • If hot, do not open; stuff towels or blankets at bottom; signal for help from window.
        • If cool, use caution when opening door.
  • If you can help control the fire without personal danger, use fire extinguisher if trained; otherwise leave the area.
  • Never allow fire to come between you and an exit.
  • Leave the building–DO NOT use elevators. Do not waste time locating personal items.
  • As you leave, make sure everyone has left immediate area; close doors behind you.
  • When you are out of the building, call 911.
  • Remain at scene in a safe location; report to emergency personnel as they arrive.

     In response to an audible fire alarm:

  • If audible alarm sounds, evacuate the building (see building evacuation procedures).
  • Leave the building–DO NOT use elevators. Do not waste time locating personal items.
  • As you leave, make sure everyone has responded to the alarm.
  • Accompany and assist persons with disabilities.
  • Shut all doors behind you to help slow the spread of fire and smoke as you leave.
  • Return to the building only when given the “all clear” signal by emergency personnel.

     Additional Guidelines:

  • Do not break windows unless necessary to escape. Oxygen feeds the fire.
  • Stay low if moving through smoke. If caught in smoke, crawl on hands and knees and breathe through nose using cloth filter.
  • If advancing through flames, hold your breath; move quickly; cover head and hair; keep head down and eyes closed as much as possible.