Fire and the associated dangers of smoke, structural damage, or toxic releases can pose serious threats of injury and death to students, employees, visitors, and emergency response personnel. In order to control a fire and minimize its damage, the following steps should be taken immediately:
- Leave the area at once.
- Pull the fire alarm on your way out.
- Alert other people in the area and instruct them to leave the building.
- Close, but do not lock, all doors and windows if you can safely and quickly do so to help contain the fire.
- Stay as low as possible to avoid smoke and heat.
- Evacuate the building calmly, but quickly, following evacuation and assembly procedures posted in the building.
- Do not use elevators.
- Go directly to the designated assembly area and await additional instructions. Report anyone who is missing and who was in your classroom or area when the evacuation began to emergency responders.
- Call Campus Police from a safe location via campus phones.
- Remain at the assembly area until you are instructed how to proceed by the Campus Police or Fire Department official.
- Alert emergency responders of your location by whistling, shouting or using an object to beat on walls or floor in a rhythmic manner.
- If a telephone is available, call Campus Police to advise them of your location; you may also place an article of clothing or other device to use as a signal in a window, if a window is available.
- Stuff material in door cracks to minimize smoke and try to stay low, near the floor, where heat, smoke, and contaminants may be less.
- If you are injured, tend to injuries.
Do NOT try to fight a fire; leave any building and report to a safe meeting area away from the buildings.