If you detect a fire please follow the steps below:

  • Activate the nearest fire alarm and notify others of the danger.
  • Dial 911 – and report the following to dispatcher:
    • What building you are in.
    • What floor you are on.
    • Is anyone left inside the building of which you are aware of.
  • Use the fire extinguishers located throughout the buildings on campus if the fire is small and can be extinguished safely and quickly.
  • If the fire is large, very smoky, or rapidly spreading do not attempt to extinguish it.  Exit the building immediately.
  • As you are exiting the building, knock on the doors and alert all occupants of the fire.
  • Close – but do not lock – all doors as you exit the building.  This will help to contain the fire.  Only do this if it can be done safely.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • Avoid smoke-filled areas.
  • Prior to opening any door, feel it from the top to bottom:
    • If it is hot, do not proceed.  Find an alternate escape route.
    • If the door is cool to the touch, crouch low and open the door slowly.
    • If there is smoke present, close the door quickly so that you do not inhale the smoke.
    • If there is no smoke present, then proceed this way to exit the building.
  • If you are trapped in the building:
    • Keep the doors closed.
    • Seal the cracks and vents if smoke comes in.
    • If there is no smoke outside the window – open the windows to let the heat and smoke out and to let fresh air in.
    • Hang an object outside of the window to attract the attention of the Fire Department and others that might be outside.


Please see media page for information about media coverage in the event of an emergency.

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