Emergency Preparedness - Fire
If You Encounter a Fire or Smoke remember to:
RACE and PASS
- Rescue anyone in immediate danger (if safe to do so).
- Alert/Alarm others and pull the closest fire alarm. Call 9-1-1 ASAP from a safe place.
- Confine the fire by closing doors to help slow the spread of fire and smoke.
- Do not use the elevator.
- Close all doors behind you as you leave.
- Evacuate to your building assembly point (located at least 200 feet away from the building).
- Assist others needing help evacuating. Those who are unable to traverse stairs, direct them to a fire rated stairwell if present. Notify first responders to their location.
- Do not re-enter the building until emergency responders have given the all-clear.
- For a small fire, try to extinguish it.
How to Use a Fire Extinguisher:
- Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher.
- Aim the hose at the base of the fire.
- Squeeze the metal handle.
- Sweep the hose from side to side at the base of the fire.
- Watch this FEMA video on using an extinguisher.
Should You Extinguish a Fire?
- Do NOT use an extinguisher if:
- You are not comfortable putting out the fire. Heavy smoke is filling the room or it is difficult to breathe.
- Your escape route could be blocked.
- The fire is large or spreading rapidly (larger than a trashcan).
- The fire is partially hidden behind a wall or ceiling.
- There are hazardous materials (flammable liquids) present.
- If the above listed conditions exist, close any doors present and evacuate instead.
College Student’s Guide to Fire and Safety Education
- Cook only where allowed.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Do not overload outlets.
- Use only UL listed surge protected power strips.