If you observe fire or smoke:
- Determine the location of the fire and what may be burning
- Call 911. Provide your name and the location of the fire. If in a safe location, stay on the line with the dispatcher until they tell you to hang up.
- If you hear the evacuation alarm, proceed to the appropriate assembly area
- If the fire is small, you may attempt to put it out with a fire extinguisher if you have been properly trained. Do not jeopardize your personal safety. All fires, no matter how small, must be reported to Campus Security at Ext 3310 immediately.
- Evacuate your area if you are unable to put out the fire. Close the doors behind you to confine the fire. Proceed to the appropriate assembly area.
- Know alternate exists from your work area. Never allow the fire to come between you and the exit.
- Before opening the door, use the back of your hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and the doorframe. If it feels hot, use your secondary escape route. Even if the door feels cool, open it carefully. If the door is hot, or if smoke is visible, do not open the door. If you have to move through a burning or smoke filled area, stay low to the ground or crawl. Use a damp cloth to breathe through if it is available.
- Do not break a window unless it is the ONLY means of escape. Oxygen feed a fire.
- If you are in a room and cannot escape. Leave the door closed, stay low to the floor, and hang a white or light colored cloth in an outside window.
- Do not use elevators
- Do not attempt to save possessions at the risk of person injury
- Do not return to the area until instructed to do so by a public safety official.
Mobility Disability Areas of Refuge and Shelter in Places
Persons using wheelchairs should move to areas of refuge if available. If these are not available, persons in wheelchairs should shelter in place unless the danger is imminent. To shelter in place means remaining in the room with and exterior window, a telephone, and a solid or fire resistant door, and call 911 or Campus Security at 769-3310 to report the location.
For false or needless alarms or an isolate and contained fire, a person with a disability may not need to evacuate. The decision to evacuate will be made by the fire department. The fire department will tell the individual or relay the information via NIC Campus Security.