Fire Safety Guidelines

6 Fire Safety Guidelines Environmental Health and Safety Emergency Map Keep stairwells clear for easy exit during a fire. Prepare Plan Ahead Practice what to do in an emergency before one happens. Fire drills should be scheduled to help people prepare for an evacuation. • Know where the nearest fire extinguisher is located and learn how to use it. • Know where the nearest fire alarm pull station is located. • Know the proper evacuation methods for disabled persons. • Know primary and secondary evacuation routes, as well as the location of a safe meeting place by referring to the Emergency Maps for your building. Evacuation Routes Exiting from a building in an emergency is critical. All academic and residential buildings on campus have at least two exits. Planning prior to an emergency should be done so that no time is lost when evacuation is required. The following are critical components for safe exiting: • Know all exits from the building – in an emergency an exit may be blocked and not allow passage. You may be forced to use an alternate exit. • Keep corridors free from obstructions. Storage is not allowed in corridors. Materials can restrict exit width and be fuel for a fire. • Keep stairwells clear – nothing is allowed to be stored in a stairwell. Hazardous Chemical Labeling and Inventory It is critical that responders are able to identify hazardous chemicals in rooms or buildings. Ensure that all chemical containers are labeled and a current inventory has been submitted to EH&S.