To identify the proper steps
to be carried out by employees when a fire is suspected or discovered on
All employees will respond to
a suspected or actual fire on University grounds with the highest regard for
their safety, as well as for the safety of students, visitors, and other
When an employee suspects
(see or smell smoke or flame) or sees an actual fire, the employee shall use
the C.A.R.E. model:
- Contain the fire if possible by closing all doors.
- Activate the Alarm
by pulling the nearest fire alarm pull station and
- Report the fire to Law enforcement or Dial 9-911
- Evacuate or Extinguish.
In most cases, it is best to leave the building by using the nearest FIRE
EXIT (use the stairs only) and DO NOT re-enter the building until an all
clear is given by the local Fire Chief or University Law Enforcement
Officer. A fire extinguisher should
only be used when you…
Have been trained
and authorized to use a portable fire extinguisher.
Have the proper
type for the fire you are fighting.
contained the fire, activated the building alarm, and reported the fire.
Have your back to
an unobstructed exit.
NEVER fight a fire if it has
left its source of origin, if you are unsure of the type of extinguisher to
use, or you lack a safe way to escape should your efforts fail. If the fire can not be brought under control
in 30 seconds, then you should abandon your efforts, close the door, and
When you hear a fire alarm:
- Shut off all open flames.
- Safely store hazardous materials.
- Leave your work location.
- Shut all doors behind you as you leave.
- Do not “investigate” the source of a potential
fire or emergency.
- Evacuate the building through the nearest Fire
- Do not use elevators to exit the building during
a fire alarm.
- Do not re-enter the building for any reason once
you have left.
- Remain clear of the fire area until an “all
clear” is given.
Residence Hall Process:
- Sleep with your bedroom doors closed and locked
at night. A closed door will help slow the spread of fire, smoke, and
heat. When leaving your room during
an alarm, be sure to close and lock your door behind you.
- The presence of smoke/heat will automatically
activate the alarm system. If you
discover or suspect a fire, pull the alarm and begin evacuation. If the
alarm fails to operate, alert the other residents by knocking on doors and
shouting a warning.
- When you hear the alarm, take a coat, shoes, and
a towel, and be prepared to evacuate.
Do not stop for personal belongings. Never hide in closets, under
beds, or in showers to avoid evacuations.
- Touch the surface of your door before opening
it. If it feels hot, DO NOT open it
and do not panic, it is time to stop and think before going any
further. If the door knob is hot,
brace yourself against the door and open it slightly (fire can create
enough pressure to push open the door if it is not held firmly). If heat or heavy smoke is present in the
hall, close the door, and stay in the room.
- If you cannot leave your room, seal the cracks
around your doors and vents using wet towels if possible. Hang a sheet or any other type of
distress signal from your window.
- If the door feels cool, open it just a crack and
check for smoke. If there is none, leave the building immediately.
The best defense against fire
is always prevention. There are a number of things you can do to help prevent
- Do not use space heaters.
- Smoke only in designated areas; be certain to
properly extinguish all smoking materials.
- Keep pathways clear; do not block exits, fire
extinguishers, or sprinkler heads (18 inch clearance).
- Limit the use of power strips; never overload an
- Check for frayed wires and missing grounding
plugs on electrical equipment frequently.
- Practice good housekeeping.
- Store flammables in designated flammable
- Never prop open fire doors. Fire doors close
automatically when the alarm is activated. This prevents the stairways
from acting as a chimney and spreading smoke and fire throughout a
& Safety Equipment:
- You may not disregard a fire alarm or fail to
evacuate a building in which a fire alarm is sounding, regardless of its
nature (drill, false alarm, or actual alert).
- Tampering with the fire safety equipment (e.g.
alarms, extinguishers, smoke detectors sprinklers and emergency exit
signs) is an exceptionally dangerous practice and a violation of fire and
life safety laws.