In the event of a fire emergency follow your area-specific emergency action plan.
- Activate the alarm system.
- Leave the building. Do not stop to gather personal belongings.
- Do not use elevators.
- Assist persons with disabilities.
- Feel doors before you open them. If they are hot, use another exit.
- Crawl low under any smoke to your exit — heavy, toxic smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling.
- If there is smoke blocking your door or first way out, use your second way out.
- If there is smoke coming around the door, leave the door closed and use your second way out.
- Call 911 from a safe place.
- Keep all students and staff together and move at least 100 feet from building exits and entrances.
If you can’t get out
- Close the door and cover vents and cracks around doors with cloth or tape to keep smoke out.
- Call 911.
- Say where you are and signal for help at the window with a light-colored cloth or a flashlight.
If your clothes catch fire
- Stop immediately, drop to the ground, and cover your face with your hands.
- Roll over and over or back and forth until the fire is out.
- If you or someone else cannot stop, drop, and roll, smother the flames with a blanket or towel.
- Use cool water to treat the burn immediately for three to five minutes.
- Cover with a clean, dry cloth.
- Get medical help right away by calling 911.
Fires can be prevented by following proper procedures, including proper storage and use of flammable chemicals and good housekeeping.
Fire extinguisher training
Only those trained in the proper use and maintenance of fire extinguishers should consider using them when appropriate. Hands-on fire extinguisher training is available from Facilities Management, call 581.3049 for more information.
For more information about fire prevention and plans, call Safety and Environmental Management at 581.4055.