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Proper Response Steps

  • Activate the nearest fire alarm and notify others of the danger.
  • Dial 911 for help. Give the dispatcher the following information:
    1. Building you are in.
    2. Floor you are on.
    3. Number of people you believe are still inside the building.
  • If the fire is small and can be extinguished safely and quickly, you may use the fire extinguishers that are located throughout the buildings on campus. When using a fire extinguisher remember…

The P.A.S.S. Fire Extinguisher Method

    • Pull the safety pin from the handle.
    • Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the trigger handle.
    • Sweep from side to side to side at the base of the fire.

Additional Information

  • If the fire is large, very smoky or rapidly spreading do not attempt to extinguish the fire. Just exit the building.
  • As you are exiting the building, knock on doors and alert all occupants of the fire.
  • Close but do not lock all doors as you exit the building, if you can do so safely. This will help to contain the fire.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Avoid smoke-filled areas.
  • Prior to opening any door, feel it from top to bottom. If it is hot, do not proceed and find an alternate escape route.
  • If the door is cool to the touch, crouch low and open the door slowly.
  • If there is smoke present, close the door quickly so that you do not inhale the smoke. If there is no smoke present, proceed to exit the building.
  • If you are trapped in the building:
    1. Keep the doors closed.
    2. Seal the cracks and vents if smoke comes in.
    3. If there is no smoke outside the window, open the windows to let the heat and smoke out and to let fresh air in.
    4. Hang an object outside of the window to attract the attention of the Fire Department and others that might be outside.
    5. If possible dial 911 to let them know of your situation and your location.