Fire Safety Guidelines

Fire Safety Guidelines Environmental Health and Safety 14 Respond Emergency Actions Fire and evacuation alarms alert building occupants to life-threatening situations. LEAVE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY IF THERE IS A FIRE OR CHEMICAL ALARM! In the event of a fire Sound the alarm – If a fire has started, no matter how small, activate the alarm system with a fire alarm pull station to alert building occupants. Call 911 – Notify responders. The building alarm should initiate a response, but calling 911 will inform responders there is an actual emergency. You will also be able to provide critical information. Rapid response minimizes loss of life and property. Respond – ONLY IF IT IS SAFE TO DO SO! • Extinguish a fire if you have been trained, the fire is small, and you have a safe exit route. However, you are not required to do this – it is always OK to get out. • Shut down hazardous operations such as stills, lab equipment, etc. • Close sash on fume hoods. Exit the building – Leave immediately by the shortest and safest exit route. DO NOT TAKE THE ELEVATOR! • Assist injured or impaired persons if you are able. • Close doors behind you. • Stay low if you encounter smoke. • Refer to your Emergency Map for the nearest exit. • Respond to your meeting place. • Do not re-enter the building until the fire department has cleared the building for re-entry, even if the alarms have been silenced. • Designated Meeting Place – Gather and stay at your designated safe location. Notify supervisors and responders of: • Injured or disabled persons. • Missing or unaccounted personnel. Provide their last known location or places they might be working. • Hazardous operations or areas in the building. In the event of a fire • Sound the alarm • Call 911 • Respond • Exit the building Attempt to use a fire extinguisher only if • It is safe to do so, • The fire is small, and • You are trained. Emergency Map Do not use elevator