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Fire Emergencies

If you discover a fire

  • Immediately activate the nearest fire alarm pull station, located near stairwell or exit doors. If there are no pull stations in your building, immediately dial 9-1-1.
  • Close your door.
  • Exit the building and proceed to your department’s Evacuation Meeting Location. See your department’s emergency action plan for specific details.
  • Dial 9-1-1.

If you hear the fire alarm

  • Take your immediate possessions and exit the building (wallet/purse, keys, coat etc.).
  • Close your door.
  • Proceed to your department’s Evacuation Meeting Location. See your department’s emergency action plan for specific details.
  • Never use the elevators during a fire evacuation.
  • Evacuation Meeting Location:

When you hear the alarm, leave the building!

  • Never attempt to return to your work area following an alarm until the “all clear” is given by authorized personnel.
  • Do not open doors that feel hot to the touch.
  • Check the stairwell for smoke and heat. If smoke/heat is present, use an alternate stairwell.
  • Learn the location of the Evacuation Refuge Areas (stairwells) in your building in the event you need assistance evacuating the building.

Additional Fire Safety Precautions

  • When you hear the alarm, leave the building!
  • Never attempt to return to your work area following an alarm until the “all clear” is given by authorized personnel.
  • Do not open doors that feel hot to the touch.
  • Check the stairwell for smoke and heat. If smoke/heat is present, use an alternate stairwell.
  • Learn the location of the Evacuation Refuge Areas (stairwells) in your building in the event you need assistance evacuating the building.

Deciding to Use a Fire Extinguisher

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