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Fire Emergencies

If There is a Fire Emergency:

Sound the Alarm - If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the building alarm by activating the nearest pull station. If the building is not equipped with a fire alarm system, warn the other occupants by knocking on doors and shouting a warning as you leave.

Leave the Building - Try to help others only if you can do so without jeopardizing your personal safety. After exiting the building, keep atleast 100 feet away from the building to allow clear passage of emergency personnel and equipment.

Do Not Go Back - Do not re-enter the building until safety officials give the 'All Clear Signal" or says it is safe to return to do so.

Call University Police - On campus dial 852-6111, or use an "EMERGENCY" phone signified with a blue flashing light. Each telephone is marked with an identifying number on it's pole. Using the emergency phone will connect you directly to the campus police station. If using an off-campus telephone, dial 911 for emergencies. Provide as much information as possible to the communications officer.

To Survive A Building Fire:

Get Down Low and Crawl if There is Smoke -
If you get caught in smoke, get down on the floor and crawl on your hands and knees. Cleaner, cooler air can be found near the floor. In very low visibilty environments, use your hands to feel for a wall then follow it around to an exit door.

Feel Doors Before Opening - Before opening any doors, Feel the metal knob. If it is HOT, don't open the door. If it is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke are present, do not enter and immediately close the door.

Go to the Nearest Exit or Stairway - If you are planning to sleep in a building, always survey the location of the nearest two(2) exit doors and routes.  If the nearest building exit is blocked by fire, heat, or smoke, go to another exit. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. Elevator shafts may fill with smoke or the power may fail,leaving you trapped. Most elevators have features that deactivate the elevator during an alarm. Standing and waiting for an elevator wastes valuable time. Stairway fire doors will keep out fire and smoke-if they are closed-and will protect you until you get outside. Close as many doors as possible as you leave, this helps to confine the fire.

If You Get Trapped:

Keep the Doors Closed -
 If you are trapped in a room, open the windows-from the top to let out the heat and smoke and from the bottom to let in fresh air. If the window only opens from the bottom, open the window and stay on the floor, away from the window. Seal cracks and vents so smoke cannot enter the room.

Signal for Help - Hang an object out the window (Bedsheet, jacket, etc.) to attract attention. If there is a phone in the room, call the Department of Public Safety dial 852-6111 and report you are trapped. Be sure to give your room number and location.

Do Not Jump from the Room - Any rescue attempts will be made by the Fire Department.

If You Are On Fire:

Stop, Drop, and Roll
- If your clothes catch on fire, Stop, Drop, and Roll, wherever you are. Rolling smothers the fire.

Cool Burns - Use cool tap water on burns immediately. Do not use ointments, butter or lard. If you are burned, call the University Police at 852-6111 and they will dispatch an ambulance.

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To report an emergency, dial 852-6111 or 911.

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