The ability of building occupants to avoid injury or death during a fire or other emergency is the primary goal of the fire and life safety standards. The following are examples of conditions and hazards that could increase the risk of a fire and harm to occupants, and should be corrected as soon as possible:
- Improper use of space heaters
- Excessive or unauthorized storage of combustibles/flammables
- Blocked egress (cluttered corridors and blocked exit routes)
- Frayed power cords
- Unauthorized use of an open flame
Report all suspected fire hazards to your department management, Plant Operations, or to EHS RMS. If the condition is observed after normal business hours, please contact University Police Department at 911 from a campus phone, or 278-8400 from a cell phone.
If you observe an unsafe condition, do not wait for someone else to call in - REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY.
In the event of a fire:
- Call 911 from a campus phone, or 278-8400 from a cell phone.
- Evacuate if fire is an immediate threat to safety.
- Use a fire extinguisher only to aid escape, or if the fire is small enough to put out with one extinguisher.
- Do not open closed doors without first feeling for heat. Do not open if hot to the touch.
- Activate a building fire alarm.
- Make sure all main hallways and fire doors from all offices are closed to prevent spread of fire.
- Look for physically challenged persons in the area and provide assistance. In the upper floors of multi-storied buildings, assist them to assemble at the pre-designated points.
- Do not use elevators to evacuate the building.
- Keep low if smoke is present.
- Exit the building and proceed to the designated exterior assembly point (see Resources for example of a Building Emergency Posting).
- Account for all persons you believe were in the building.
- Report missing persons and physically challenged persons requiring rescue to emergency responders.