FIRE SAFETY

Prepare in Advance:
 
Know the locations of alternate exits from your area. If your work station is located within an office, know exactly how many doors you will pass along your evacuation route before you reach the nearest exit door — in heavy smoke, exit signs may be invisible. Even in heavy smoke, you can count the number of doors you pass, so you will know when you reach the exit door.

Fire on your floor:

  • Immediately call 9-1-1 and report location of fire.

  • When safe to do so, also call 5555 and report the fire to Campus Police.

  • Activate fire alarm; alert others; move everyone away from area of fire.

  • Use fire extinguisher on small (wastebasket-size) fires ONLY if it is safe to do so.

  • For larger fires, GET OUT; close doors to confine fire as much as possible.

  • If clothing catches fire, STOP, DROP, ROLL.

  • Follow directions of emergency personnel, if present.

Fire Extinguisher InstructionsPASS

  • PULL safety pin from handle.

  • AIM (nozzle, cone, and horn) at base of fire.

  • SQUEEZE the trigger handle.

  • SWEEP from side to side (watch for re-flash).

When a fire alarm is activated on your floor:

  • Proceed to the nearest exit.

  • Feel door, top and bottom, for heat (use back of hand). If hot, do not open. If door is not hot, open slowly. Stand behind door and to one side; be prepared to close it quickly if fire is present.

  • Use stairway for exit; do not use elevator. Close stairwell door behind you.

  • Stay low when moving through smoke; walk down to the ground floor and exit.

  • Do not return to area until instructed to do so by emergency personnel.

If trapped in a room:

  • Place cloth material around/under door to prevent smoke from entering.

  • Retreat. Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.

  • Be prepared to signal from window but DO NOT BREAK GLASS unless absolutely necessary (outside smoke may be drawn in).

If caught in smoke:

Drop to hands and knees and crawl or crouch low with head 30 to 36" above floor, watching the base of the wall as you go. Hold your breath as much as possible; breathe shallowly through nose using blouse or shirt as filter.

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