Before A Fire Emergency
Familiarize yourself with the locations of at least two exits in your area of the building. Know where the nearest fire alarm pull stations and fire extinguishers are located.
What To Do If You Discover A Fire
- Exit the area immediately
- Close all doors as you leave, taking keys and medications with you if possible. DO NOT delay evacuation to retrieve these items.
- Activate the closest fire alarm pull station along your evacuation route.
- If the building does not have a fire alarm system, and you discover smoke or fire, exit the building immediately. Alert others on your way out of the building to advise others. From a safe location call 911 to report the emergency. Be sure to give the name of the building and location of the fire.
- Notify others as you leave.
- Call 911 and report the emergency after you are out of the building and safe.
- If the fire is small enough, you may attempt to extinguish it with a portable fire extinguisher, only if:
- The fire alarm pull station has been activated
- 911 has been notified
- You are properly trained
- If leaving a room, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it. Do not open any door that feels hot.
- If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality air is near the floor.
- Always use the stairs to exit upper floors.
- Do not use the elevator.
Once the building is evacuated, do not re-enter it for any reason. Return to the building only when instructed to do so by emergency responders or administrators.
- Do not return for personal belongings.
- Direct and assist visitors and persons with disabilities who appear to need direction or assistance.
- Notify Campus Security at (334) 386-7250 that a fire has occurred after you exit the building.
If you are trapped and cannot evacuate
- Close any doors between you and the fire.
- If available, wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
- Call 911 and notify the dispatcher of your location.
- Remain on the phone with the 911 dispatcher as long as possible.
- Break a window only as a last resort, such as needing oxygen to breathe.
- Use caution when breaking any window.
Response to Fire Alarms
- If the alarm sounds and/ or emergency strobes begin to blink, evacuate immediately.
- Never assume that a fire alarm is a false alarm.
Questions or suggestions regarding the procedures and response should be directed to Campus Security at (334) 386-7250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.