You receive a report of visible smoke or fire in the building, or you encounter smoke or fire. (This is not for an odor investigation.)
- Activate the nearest alarm box and call 911 (Campus Police/Fire dispatch) to report the situation. The Department Safety Coordinator notifies other Floor Representatives in the building. The Department Safety Coordinator conducts evacuation and assists with crowd control at outdoor assembly area.
- Use fire extinguishers on small fires only (for example, a wastebasket fire), and only if it is safe to do so. If you decide to use an extinguisher, and you are trained, work with another person.
- Confine the fire by closing doors and windows. Do not lock. If possible, mark "FIRE" on the door where the fire is located. NEVER enter a room where there is fire or smoke. When leaving a room after a fire alarm, feel the door first; if it is hot, stay where you are, seal the door, and post a sign in the window to signal your location. If the door is cool to the touch, exit carefully. If you encounter smoke, crouch near the floor as you exit. If possible, breathe through a dampened cloth.
- 4. Remove people from the affected area if necessary and if possible. (See evacuation instructions below).
Evacuation Policy for Fire:
WHEN A FIRE ALARM IS SOUNDED, THE BUILDING IS EVACUATED.
When you evacuate the building, follow the general evacuation procedures outlined in this Manual and be sure to:
- Take your Manual if readily available.
- While in route to the exit, notify each room's occupants of the situation. Tell them the location of the fire, the location of the stairway, and the location of the assembly area.
- Direct evacuees to walk and use stairways, not elevators. Assist disabled persons.
- Use all possible routes downstairs before going upstairs. Go up only if egress down the stairs is blocked. Use the roof only as a last resort.
- Gather evacuees at assembly area and take roll call if possible.
- When you arrive at the assembly area, remind the evacuees not to reenter the building until it is declared safe by authorized personnel.
SAMPLE SCRIPT: "There's a fire in_________ . Take your belongings and leave the building immediately. Use the stairs. Meet at_________. Stay together!"
What you can do.
Be aware that the most frequently violated fire codes are:
- Obstructed aisles, corridors and egress routes. Remove illegal storage
in these areas.
- Use of extension cords, ungrounded plugs and multiple outlet adapters for small appliances. Small appliances left on while unattended (heaters, coffee pots, toasters).
- Illegal storage in corridors, mechanical rooms, equipment rooms, lavatories, and under stairways.
- Improper storage and handling of chemicals and flammable liquids.
- Leaving fire resistive doors open. They must be closed at all times unless equipped with electromagnetic holds.
- Smoking in buildings.
- Obstruction of fire extinguishers, fixed sprinkler connections, sprinkler heads, or fire hydrants.
Be prepared for fire emergencies:
- Know the exit routes from your office, floor, and building. It is easy to become disorientated during an actual emergency. Count the doorways to the exit in case of blinding smoke or lack of illumination.
- Know the location of fire alarms and fire extinguishers. Know how to use these appliances.
- Keep a flashlight and emergency supplies in your desk. Keep a Department emergency kit.
- Report unsafe conditions to EHS 862-4041. Call this extension for fire safety information and training.
- Keep an updated list of persons with disabilities located within reach.