Always dial 911 to report a fire.

  • If a fire occurs, activate the building alarm.
  • If a minor fire appears controllable immediately activate building alarm, then begin efforts to extinguish the fire.
  • Never attempt to extinguish any fire unless you:
    • Have sounded the fire alarm first;
    • Are between the fire and the nearest exit and have a clear path to the exit; and
    • Have been trained in the use of fire extinguishers.
  • On large fires that do not appear controllable, immediately activate the building alarm.
  • Don’t stop to gather much in the way of personal belongings.
  • Close the door behind you. You may protect your belongings from smoke and fire damage and may reduce the spread of a fire.
  • When the building evacuation alarm is sounded, an emergency exists. Walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
  • Do not use the elevators during a fire. Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor where air will be less toxic.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews.
  • If requested, assist emergency crews as necessary.
  • A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the Command Post and all emergency vehicles.

Do not return to an evacuated building unless told to do so by the Fire Department, Police Department, or a campus official.

If you are trapped inside a building that has been evacuated:

Call 911 to alert emergency responders to your location.

Place an article of clothing (e.g., shirt, coat) outside the window and/or underneath a door as a marker for rescue crews. If smoke is present, move toward the window and open it unless there is thick smoke and/or flames near it. If there is no window, and/or smoke is present, close or cover any openings under the door or walls to prevent smoke spread. Stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews as to your location.

Safety and Prevention Tips

At Home Tip #6

Mark clothes with a laundry pen or thread and needle in a spot other than the label.