Emergencies - What to Do?! : Fire


Fires are one of the most serious and common hazards on university campuses. Understanding basic fire safety tips and how to respond to a fire can save lives!



  • Assist individuals with disabilities and others if it is safe to do so.

  • Inform the people around you there is a fire.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm and call 911 from a safe location.

  • Close doors behind you to inhibit the fire from spreading.

  • Leave the building immediately via the nearest exit when instructed.
  • If smoke is present stay low and crawl to the nearest exit.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized by emergency responders.

If trapped in a room:
  • Call 911
  • Wet and place cloth material around or under the door to prevent smoke from entering the room.
  • Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
  • Signal to someone outside.

If forced to advance through flames:
  • Hold your breath.
  • Move quickly.
  • Protect your head and hair.

Fire Extinguisher Use – PASS:

  • Pull safety pin from handle.
  • Aim at base of fire.
  • Squeeze the trigger handle.
  • Sweep from side to side at base of fire.

Fire Extinguisher