Fire - Administration Buildings

1. What to do when a smoke or fire alarm sounds:

  1. Proceed to the nearest EXIT.  Leave the building immediately.  DO NOT use the elevators.  If smoke or fire is present use another EXIT.  If smoke is present, keep low or as close to the floor as possible.
  2. Report to the building’s designated assembly point.  Stay at the assembly point to be accounted for and given further instructions. DO NOT re-enter the building until a uniformed member of the Emergency Response Team has given an “all clear.”
  3. When leaving a room or entering a stairwell, feel the doorknob, or touch the door with the back of your hand.  If it is hot to the touch DO NOT open the door.  If the door is not hot, brace yourself and open the door slightly.  If intense heat or smoke is present, DO NOT open the door any further, close the door and stay inside the room or use another stairwell.
  4. If you are unable to evacuate your room, DIAL 7777 FROM CAMPUS PHONES OR 911 FROM PUBLIC PHONES FOR ASSISTANCE. If possible, seal the bottom edge of the door with a coat or jacket (wet if possible).  If your window opens hang an object (e.g. coat, shirt, etc.) out of the window to attract attention.  Follow any instructions given by the Emergency Response Team.

2.  What to do when smoke or fire is seen:

  1. Initiate a fire alarm by activating the nearest FIRE ALARM PULL STATION.  Pull Stations are generally located: at the ends of hallways by EXIT doors, entrances into stairwells, or by doors leading directly to the outside.  If possible, confine the fire by closing the door to the room.  Only attempt to extinguish the fire if you are trained to use a fire extinguisher.
  2. Evacuate the building, then DIAL 7777 FROM CAMPUS PHONES OR 911 FROM PUBLIC PHONES to report a fire and give the following information:
    1. Your name, telephone number and the location you are calling from.
    2. The location of the emergency (e.g. Library, first floor, etc.)
    3. Describe the situation (e.g. smell of smoke, open flames, etc.)
    4. If possible, tell them what is burning (e.g. wastebasket, stove, etc.)
    5. Hang up only after the Emergency Operator has done so, or told you to.
  3. Proceed to the nearest EXIT.  DO NOT use the elevators.  If smoke or fire is present use another EXIT.  If smoke is present, keep low or as close to the floor as possible.  Report to the building’s designated assembly point.  Before leaving your room or if unable to evacuate your room follow the procedure listed in Section 1 C and D.
  4. Stay at the assembly point to be accounted for and given further instructions.  DO NOT re-enter the building  until a uniformed member of the Emergency Response Team has given an “all clear.”

Department heads should appoint an accountability monitor and choose an assembly point for their section or department.

An accountability monitor is a person who is responsible for making sure all of the occupants of their area are accounted for at the assembly point.  The accountability monitor reports anyone missing to the Public Safety officers.  This person should be someone who is familiar with the coming and going of personnel and visitors in your section or department (i.e. who’s on vacation, out sick, at a meeting).

The assembly point is a predetermined point outside the building.  It is at this point that all occupants of your section or department will report to upon leaving the building and will be accounted for by the accountability monitor.  Choose an assembly point that is nearby and a safe distance from the building.

Faculty should have an evacuation plan with a predetermined assembly point for their classrooms and review the plan with their students.

The emergency evacuation plan should be discussed among the staff.  Review the routes of exit from your office and discuss ways to assist any fellow coworkers or students with special needs.

STOP, DROP AND ROLL
If your clothing catches on fire:

  • STOP - - Don’t Run
  • DROP to the ground
  • ROLL over and over to smother the flames

Your own common sense is the finest safety device ever developed. Above all - use your head.