Office of Risk Management and Environmental Health and Safety

Fire Safety

Fire Safety & Procedures

Your safety depends upon you! Help eliminate fire hazards! It is important for you to familiarize yourself with the building and the emergency equipment it contains.

  • Prepare an escape plan including at least two exterior exits.
  • Familiarize yourself with emergency reporting and sounding the alarm procedures.
  • Utilize your departmental Emergency Action Plan (EAP) to determine your evacuation zones.  
  • Develop procedures to account for all occupants of the facility including students, staff, and visitors.
  • Assist the physically challenged individuals with evacuation from the facility.

Life safety is the primary objective of our fire safety program.

Propping Open Doors

Close that door - it can save your life! The purpose of fire doors is to slow or stop the spread of fire. Propping open fire doors can place all occupants at risk. Fire equipment such as fire doors are installed for your protection. Fire equipment can only be effective with the support of facility occupants.  Ensuring doors are shut at the time of a fire buys everyone time to evacuate.  Even small fires can produce great amounts of smoke and doors help slow the spread of smoke as well as fire.  

The use of wooden door wedges to continuously prop open doors is prohibited. 

Why are closed doors so important? Check out this powerpoint!

Fire Alarm Procedures

  1. Activate the fire alarm using the nearest fire alarm pull station.
  2. Notify occupants in the immediate area to start facility evacuation.
  3. Report the emergency to Public Safety at 3-2712 or 3-4000. Alternative reporting 9-911 will provide a timely response.
  4. Do not hang up - let the dispatcher hang up first.
  5. Start facility evacuation.

Do not use the elevators as they may fail and trap people inside!

Building Evacuation

Evacuation is mandatory whenever the fire alarm is activated.  If time permits, follow the following guidelines, but do not allow them to delay your evacuation.  

  • Facility occupants are required to develop emergency evacuation procedures for their departments.
  • Academic personnel should be the last to leave a classroom, making sure all windows/doors are closed.
  • Laboratory staff should make sure equipment is shut off, open flames are turned off, windows/doors are closed.
  • Office personnel should make sure windows/doors are closed, critical documents/records are retrieved/secured, computers/equipment is shut off, personal belongings are retrieved/removed.
  • Evacuate the building and report to your departments pre-determined Evacuation Assembly Area (EAA) as outlined in your departmental Emergency Action Plan Procedures.  .

Do not reenter a building until "ALL CLEAR" has been given by emergency response personnel. 

Open Flame Permit

The use of an open flame is prohibited unless approved by the Safety Officer or designee, to request an open flame permit please complete the Open Flame Request Form at least 2 weeks in advance of the proposed event. 

Burning candles or incense is NOT permitted on campus unless approved by the Fire and Loss Control Coordinator. 

Sky lanterns are not allowed on campus.  

Grilling Guidelines

Guidelines on Open Flame Policy and Recreational Grilling

Electrical Appliances

The use of certain types of electrical appliances, power strips and extension cords is restricted.

Residence Fire Safety