Know what to do in case of fire
Understand the types and how to use them. Fire extinguishers are identified by letters indicating the types of fires that they are designed for:
Class A – burning wood, paper, cloth, trash, etc.
Class B – fires involving combustible liquids.
Class C – fires involving electrical equipment.
Class D – fires involving combustible metals.
Most campus buildings are equipped with universal ABC extinguishers except in areas requiring special system, i.e, kitchens. Locate the extinguishers in your work area an be aware of the types of fires they are designed for. To properly use a fire extinguisher follow the acronym PASS:
P – Pull the safety pin.
A – Aim the spout at the base of the fire.
S – Squeeze the handle to release spray.
S – Sweep slowly from side to side until empty.
Do not attempt to extinguish a fire larger than a waste basket as fires accelerate quickly. It is important to keep your back to the nearest unobstructed exit and back out keeping the fire in your field of vision.
If an alarm is sounded immediately, it can protect property and save lives.
Know where they are and be sure they open easily and are free of obstructions. Each building on campus has a map that identifies the location of these and other safety features in your building. Check out the map and verify the locations for your building.
Upon discovering smoke, fire, or flames in the building:
- Evacuate and activate the fire alarm system by pulling the nearest fire alarm.
- Use nearest exit or alternate safe route.
- From a safe location (assembly point) call 911 and be prepared to give:
- Building Name
- Room Number
- Type of Incident
- Do not use elevators during a fire emergency.
- When the fire alarm sounds, immediate evacuation of the facility is required.
Walk, do not run, to the nearest stairway exit and proceed to ground level. If the stairway contains smoke or fumes, use an alternative stairway exit. If it is safe to do so, close all doors and windows and turn off lights.
Classroom teachers and resident hall directors should establish assembly locations, at least 100 feet away, where they will meet their charges following evacuation.
Teachers and resident directors should take their grade books and housing assign- ments with them when evacuating so they can verify all of their students are accounted for.
If the fire is in your room or work space:
- Feel the door and doorknob for heat.
- If not hot, open the door slightly and check for heat, smoke, or fire.
- If you can safely exit, alert others by knocking on doors as you exit.
- If you are away from your room do not attempt to go back.
- If you can not safely exit your room call 911, seal door to room with wet towels and seal other openings where smoke may enter.
- Open windows a few inches at top and bottom unless smoke coming from below.
- Do not break windows.
- Wave something out windows to attract attention.
- Staying low to floor lessens the effect of smoke inhalation as you leave.
***NOTE*** The alarm may not sound continuously. If the alarm stops, continue the evacuation and warn others who may attempt to enter the building after the alarm stops.
- Leave the building and move at least 500 feet away, leaving the driveways and walkways open for arriving police and fire equipment.
- DO NOT enter building until given the all clear from the fire department.
- Someone familiar with the situation and who knows the area involved should meet the fire department. Someone with keys, which may be needed to allow firefighters access to affected areas, should make themselves available upon arrival of the fire department.
- Notify firefighters on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.
Before a fire: planning & preparation
- Know the location of the nearest fire extinguisher.
- Know the location of the fire alarm pull stations in your area.
- Know the location(s) of the nearest exit.
- Know alternative evacuation routes out of building.
- Practice exiting your area by imagining you are in a dark, smoky environment – count doorways, turns, etc.
- Report potential hazards or refer fire prevention questions to the Campus Safety Department at 847-622-9999 (x9999).