Fire Safety on Campus

fire extinguishers

In the Event of a Fire

If you discover smoke or a fire:

  • Manually activate the building fire alarm system by pulling a fire pull station located in various building locations.
  • Call Public Safety at Ext. 7575 or (567) 661-7575. (Call from a safe location)
  • Immediately evacuate the building, closing doors and windows behind you.
  • DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Elevators will stop functioning once the fire alarm activates.
  • Provide assistance to persons with special needs or provide their location to any emergency responders.

Once the fire alarm is activated:

  • Move quickly to the nearest exit. Do not use elevators.
  • Notify emergency responders if you believe someone is still in the building.
  • Report to your department’s designated outside assembly point or an emergency response building coordinator in the area. Move to safe location if your pre-determined assembly point is unsafe.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building for any reason until cleared to do so by a member of the Department of Public Safety.

If you are trapped in a building:

  • Close all doors and windows.
  • Place wet cloth material around and under the door.
  • Attempt to signal people outside of the building. Contact Public Safety at Ext. 7575 or (567) 661-7575 or 9-1-1 from your cell phone giving the dispatcher your name and exact location.

If smoke is present:

  • Try to avoid breathing smoke.
  • Breathe through your nose, and use a shirt or towel to breathe through if possible.
  • Drop to your knees and crawl to the closest safe exit.
  • R. RESCUE – Get everyone out of the hazard.
  • A. ALARM – Activate the fire alarm. Call Public Safety at Ext. 7575 or (567) 661-7575.
  • C. CONTAIN – Close doors and windows.
  • E. EXTINGUISH – Attempt to extinguish the fire with a fire extinguisher. If properly trained and can do so safely otherwise Evacuate.

NOTE: Only Public Safety and Building and Grounds employees are authorized to attempt to fight a fire on campus. Even though only authorized employees will attempt to fight a fire, everyone should know how to use a fire extinguisher.

Deciding to Fight a Small Fire

  • Fire situations require you to make split second decisions. Time is critical in any fire situation. You must be able to make a split-second decision with confidence. Ask yourself these questions:
  • Do I want to put out this fire?
  • Do I know how to operate this fire extinguisher?
  • Do I need help?
  • Are the capabilities of this extinguisher sufficient for the size of the fire?
  • Is the extinguisher the proper type for this type of fire?
  • Does the fuel source make the fire too hazardous for me to fight or for this type of extinguisher?
  • Do environmental conditions indicate that fighting this type of fire would endanger others or me?
  • Is there a safe way to turn off or remove the fuel source?
  • Do I have a safe route of escape?

Report the fire first by pulling the nearest fire alarm pull box or by calling Public Safety at Ext. 7575 from any campus phone or (567) 661-7575. If you call 9-1-1, also call Public Safety.

Use a fire extinguisher only if you have been trained to do so. Improper use of an extinguisher can increase the hazard.

If you have any doubt of your ability to fight the fire, exit immediately.

If you decide to use a fire extinguisher, place yourself between the fire and your exit from the area.