Fire is always a threat to buildings. The university, with many structures, is no different. Members of the campus community should be aware of the protection features of their buildings and be familiar with evacuation and safety procedures. This type of awareness will reduce the chances of death, injury and damage of property.
Individual and Group Safety Information
The best defense against a fire is to prevent it from happening in the first place and through preparation. The following are suggestions before a fire happens:
- Know primary and secondary evacuation routes.
- Know the best evacuation routes for the physically disabled.
The following are suggestions to minimize risks to life, injuries and damage if a fire occurs:
- Activate the fire alarm, or if there is none, verbally inform people in the building.
- Call 911.
- Assist individuals who are injured and inform emergency personnel about them.
- Evacuate the building promptly.
- Assist individuals who are physically disabled.
- Ensure that everyone is out of the building. Close all doors and windows while leaving, but only if it does not jeopardize your safety or the safety of others.
- Do not use elevators.
- If there is smoke, stay low to the ground because toxic air rises.
- Report hazardous conditions to emergency personnel.
- Do not re-enter the building until emergency personnel declare it safe.
- Notify the program manager responsible for animal safety precautions within any animal-based university research labs. The program manager is responsible for ensuring the continuity of this research and academic programming.