Fire or Fire Alarm
All fire alarms should be taken seriously and never assumed to be false.
Exit the Area Immediately
- Close all doors as you leave.
- Take keys and medications with you if possible. DO NOT DELAY evacuation.
- Activate the closest fire alarm pull station along your evacuation route.
- Notify others around you as you leave.
- If able and it is safe to do so, assist persons having trouble evacuating.
- DO NOT use the elevator.
- DIAL 911 and report the emergency after you are safely out of the building.
Fire or Smoke Present
- DO NOT open any door that feels hot.
- Use the back of your hand to check the door.
- If smoke is present, stay low to the floor.
Extinguishing Small Fires
You may attempt to extinguish it with a portable fire extinguisher ONLY IF:
- You are properly trained;
- 911 has been dialed;
- The fire alarm pull station has been activated; AND
- The fire is trash can size or smaller.
If You Are Trapped and Cannot Evacuate
- Close any doors between you and the fire.
- If available, wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
- DIAL 911 and notify the dispatcher of your location.
- Remain on the phone with the 911 dispatcher as long as possible.
- Cautiously break a window only as a last resort.
- Only return to the building when notified by AU ALERT, emergency responders, or university administrators.
Last Updated: Jan. 23, 2014