Fire Emergencies

Procedures

In an emergency call University Police at x5555 or dial 911. Every building has a designated meeting point and alternative meeting point.

In all cases of fire, the University Police Department must be notified immediately!

  1. Know locations of fire extinguishers, exits and alarm systems and how to use them. Do not attempt to fight a fire unless trained to do so. Training and information are available through Environmental Health and Safety, Director: Eric Foertch, x3150.
  2. If an emergency exists, pull the building's nearest red fire-alarm pull box.
  3. IMMEDIATELY evacuate all rooms and close doors behind you.
  4. An evacuation alarm means an emergency exists. Walk quickly to the nearest exit and alert others to do the same. Notify others on your way out of the building without delaying your own exit.
  5. If possible, assist any person with a disability in exiting the building. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS! Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.
  6. Once outside, move to a clear area at least 300 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear.
  7. A Campus Emergency Command Post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the Command Post unless you have official business.
  8. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless told to do so by a university official.
  9. If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a marker for rescue crews. If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.
  10. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location.
  11. Use your cell phone to identify your location to emergency responders.
  12. DO NOT PANIC!

Policies for People with Disabilities

If the situation is life threatening, call University Police at x5555.

The following guidelines are intended to help evacuate people with physical disabilities. Evacuating a disabled or injured person yourself is the last resort. Consider your options and the risks of injuring yourself and others in an evacuation attempt do not make an emergency situation worse.

Evacuation is difficult and uncomfortable for both the rescuers and the people being assisted. Some people have conditions that can be aggravated or triggered if they are moved incorrectly. Remember that environmental conditions (smoke, debris, loss of electricity) will complicate evacuation efforts.

The following guidelines are general and may not apply in every circumstance.

  • Do not evacuate disabled people in their wheelchairs. This is standard practice to ensure the safety of disabled people and volunteers. Wheelchairs will be evacuated later if posible. (Use a stair chair specifically designed for emergency rescue operations)
  • Always ask someone with a disability how you can help before attempting any rescue technique or giving assistance. Ask how they can best be assisted or moved, and whether there are any special considerations or items that need to come with them.