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In all cases when a faculty, staff, student, or visitor becomes aware of fire and or smoke, the Fire Department MUST be notified immediately. Go to the nearest safe location and activate the fire alarm system at the pull station as you evacuate the building. If possible, telephone 911 after you exit the building.

Give them the following information:

  • Name of the building.
  • Location of the fire within the building.
  • A description of the fire and (if known) how it started.

Evacuate the building following the established building evacuation procedures (see Campus Evacuation Procedures).

Know the location of fire exits and alarm systems in your area, and know how to use them.

If you become trapped in a building during a fire:

  • Stay calm, and take steps to protect yourself.
  • If possible, move to a room with an outside window.
  • If there is a telephone, call 911 and tell the dispatcher where you are. Do this even if you can see fire department personnel from the window.
  • Stay where rescuers can see you through the window, and wave a light-colored item to attract their attention.
  • Stuff clothing, towels, or paper around the cracks in the door to help keep smoke out of your refuge.
  • Be patient. Rescue of occupants within large structures will take time.

Fire Life Safety Equipment

Sprinkler systems and water flow detection devices are present in some buildings on campus.

Smoke detectors are provided where required. REMEMBER, if you have a battery-operated smoke detector, you should change the batteries twice per year. It is recommended that you change your batteries in the fall and spring when clocks are reset for Day Light Savings Time. In residential facilities, battery-powered detectors that sound a low battery signal (a chirping sound at approximately 1-minute intervals) should be reported to University Housing.

Manually activated fire alarm pull stations are located at exit points in buildings. If any sprinkler, heat detector, or pull station is activated, an alarm will sound throughout the building. Some smoke detectors will also activate the building alarm. Elevator Fire Control may cause the building elevators to come to a halt at the main floor upon activation of the fire alarm system. The elevators can be accessed by emergency personnel using a key override.

DO NOT attempt to use the elevators to evacuate any building.

Emergency lighting is provided in some buildings. The lighting will activate automatically in a power failure and last for a minimum of 20 minutes.

Illuminated exit signs are provided throughout the buildings.