Fire/Fire Extinguisher Use

If you are in danger or feel threatened, call 911 or contact Campus Public Safety

If you discover smoke or fire in the building:


  1. Call 911 from any campus or cellular phone.
  2. Manually activate the building's fire alarm system.
  3. Locate persons with special needs and provide assistance if possible. Otherwise, provide their location to emergency responders.
  4. Walk quickly to the nearest exit. Do not use the elevators.
  5. Notify fire personnel or Campus Public Safety if you believe someone may still be in the building.
  6. Report to your designated gathering point to be counted for roll call.

Do not re-enter the building until the fire department has cleared the scene.

If caught in smoke:

  1. Do not breathe the smoke.
  2. Drop to your knees and crawl to the closest safe exit.
  3. Breathe through your nose, and use a shirt or towel to breathe through, if possible.

If trapped in a building:

  1. Close all doors and windows.
  2. Wet and place cloth material around and under the door to prevent smoke from entering.
  3. Attempt to signal people outside of the building. Call for help using a telephone or cell phone.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

  • Report the fire first (call 911 from any campus or cellular phone).
  • Use a fire extinguisher only if you have been trained to do so. Improper use of an extinguisher can increase the hazard.
  • If you have any doubt of your ability to fight the fire, exit the area immediately.
  • If you decide to use a fire extinguisher, place yourself between the fire and your exit from the area.
  • To use the fire extinguisher, follow the PASS method, as follows:
    • Pull the pin. This will break the tamper seal if one is provided.
    • Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle (or the horn or hose) at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent.
    • Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until the fire is out
  •  Watch the area. If the fire reignites, repeat the preceding steps