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Utility emergencies


Power outage

  • For all utility emergencies, notify Facilities Services at x3200 and the University Police at x5555.
  • If evacuation of the building is required, exit using the stairways. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Seek out persons needing assistance.
  • When mechanical ventilation is interrupted, vapors of chemicals may reach hazardous concentration levels. Laboratory personnel should secure experiments or activities that may present a danger when the electrical power is off or when it is restored unexpectedly. Close sashes on fume hoods and clean up or put away chemicals. Notify the lab supervisor immediately. Do not perform procedures using hazardous materials until power is restored.

Flooding or water break

  • If flooding occurs, stop using all electrical devices.

Gas leak

  • Cease all operations immediately and evacuate the area as soon as possible, notifying others as you leave.
  • Do not switch lights on or off. Do not take time to open windows or close doors.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until cleared to do so by University Police or other proper authorities.

People trapped in elevator

  • If you are trapped, use the emergency phone in the elevator or push the alarm button. Or use a wireless phone to call University Police at 315.312.5555. Wait for help to arrive. Remain calm.
  • If you discover trapped people, talk to them and try to keep them calm until an officer or other help arrives.

Water line/sewer failure

In the event of a water line/sewer failure, remain calm and follow these steps:

  • Notify University Police at x5555. Advise them of the severity and location of the problem. Indicate if any people or objects are in imminent danger.
  • Use extreme caution if any electrical appliances/outlets are near the water. Stop using all electrical equipment.
  • If the source of the water is known and you are confident you can stop it safely, (i.e. unclog the drain, turn off the water), do so cautiously.
  • Assist with protecting objects from water damage by removing them from the area.

If directed to evacuate, follow the same directions for the building evacuation.