GET OUT IMMEDIATELYFire produces many deadly effects in addition to flames. These include:
- Poisonous gasses
- Structure collapse
- Oxygen depletion
Fire Prevention and PreparationThe following is a list of simple and effective precautions to prevent fires and, in the event of a fire, protect ones self, roommates, fellow employees, and property.
- Never tamper with installed smoke alarms
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Identify escape routes and practice using them during university fire drills
- Avoid the accumulation of newspapers, magazines and other flammables
- Never use gasoline, benzene, naphtha, or similar flammable liquids indoors Inspect extension cords for frayed or exposed wires and loose plugs
- Make sure wiring does not run under rugs, over nails, or across high traffic areas
- Do not overload extension cords or outlets use UL-approved power strips with built-in circuit breakers
- During a Fire If clothes catch on fire: Stop, Drop and Roll
- Stop running or walking running makes the fire burn faster
- Drop to the ground or floor
- Roll until the fire is extinguished
To escape a fireCrawl low under any smoke to the exit as heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling. Check closed doors for heat before opening them. Use the back of the hand to feel the top of the door, the doorknob, and the crack between the door and the door frame before opening it. Never use the palm of the hand or fingers as they can be burnt impeding the ability to escape.
If the door is cool, open it slowly and, if clear, escape through it shutting the door behind (closing the door helps contain the fire and reduces the oxygen available to sustain it). If the door is hot, do not open it choose another door or escape through a window Close doors after escaping through them this helps delay the spread of the fire.
Do not use the elevator. Once safely out stay out, do not re-enter, call 911.
Designated Meeting Place Occupants in campus buildings should meet outdoors on the upwind (usually west) side of the building. The meeting place should be at a safe distance and clear of emergency responders, their vehicles, and equipment. If another location is designated, building evacuees will be notified at the scene.
Additional Information is available on the following website: The National Fire Protection Association http://www.nfpa.org/