Fire

All employees, especially those in certain occupations, should learn to use a fire extinguisher (laboratory, facilities management, food service, residential life and student health employees are required to attend fire extinguisher training). Call Safety and Security to set up a fire extinguisher training program.

SEE “EVACUATION” SECTION OF THIS GUIDE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

IF YOU DISCOVER AN ACTIVE FIRE ON YOUR FLOOR:

  1. Manually activate the fire alarm system.
  2. Immediately exit the building, closing doors behind you (DO NOT USE ELEVATORS).
  3. Call 911 and then x3357.

ONCE FIRE ALARM IS ACTIVATED:

  1. Walk to the nearest exit (DO NOT USE ELEVATORS).
  2. Assist persons with special needs.
  3. Notify fire personnel if you suspect someone is trapped inside the building.
  4. Gather outside at a designated assembly area, and do not attempt to re-enter the building until instructed to do so by Security or Fire Incident Command.

IF TRAPPED IN A ROOM:

  1. Wet and place cloth material around and under the door to prevent smoke from entering the room.
  2. Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
  3. Be prepared to signal someone outside, but DO NOT BREAK GLASS until absolutely necessary (outside smoke may be drawn into the room).

IF CAUGHT IN SMOKE:

  1. Drop to hands and knees and crawl toward exit.
  2. Stay low, as smoke will rise to ceiling level.
  3. Breathe shallowly through nose and use a filter such as a shirt or towel.

IF FORCED TO ADVANCE THROUGH FLAMES (which should be a last resort):

  1. Hold your breath.
  2. Move quickly.
  3. Cover your head and hair with a blanket or large coat.
  4. Keep your head down and your eyes closed as much as possible.

USING A FIRE EXTINGUISHER:

If you have been trained and it is safe to do so, you may fight small fires with a fire extinguisher.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER INSTRUCTIONS:

Pull safety pin from handle.
Aim at base of fire.
Squeeze the trigger handle.
Sweep from side to side to side at base.