Procedures to Follow in the Event of a Fire
Anyone seeing or suspecting a fire should pull the nearest fire
alarm pull station and notify Public Safety (dial 911). Leave the
area quickly, closing doors as you go to contain the fire and
smoke. If you encounter smoke or flame during your escape, use an
alternative exit. If you must exit through smoke, crawl on your
hands and knees. Because heat and smoke rise, the cleanest air will
be near the floor. Test doors before you open them. Reach up as
high as you can and touch the door, the knob, and the space between
the door and its frame with the back of your hand. If the door is
warm, use another escape route. If the door is cool, open it
slowly, being prepared to close it quickly if you encounter smoke
Do not re-enter the building until emergency response officials
have declared that it is safe to do so.
Should You Fight the Fire?
BEFORE YOU BEGIN to fight a fire:
- Make sure everyone has left, or is leaving, the building.
Make sure Public Safety or the local fire department has been
called. Make sure the fire is confined to a small area and is not
spreading. Be sure you have an unobstructed escape route to which
the fire will not spread.
- Be sure you have read the instructions and that you know how
to use the fire extinguisher.
When Using a Portable Fire Extinguisher, Remember the PASS
- Keep your back to an exit. Stand 10 to 20 feet away from the
- Pull the pin.
- Aim the extinguisher hose (or nozzle) at the base of the
- Squeeze the lever above the handle. Releasing the lever will
stop the discharge.
- Sweep from side to side, moving carefully toward the
- Keep the extinguisher aimed at the base of the fire and sweep
back and forth until the flames appear to be out. If the fire
re-ignites, repeat the process.
- If the fire does not begin to go out immediately, leave the
area at once.
Always be sure that Public Safety or your local fire
department is notified, even if the fire was extinguished.
- Multiple, UL-approved outlet cords equipped with an internal
surge protector are approved for office and departmental use. Do
not overload outlets with multiple outlet cords or multiple plug
adapters. Waste must be stored and properly disposed of to
prevent the creation of a fire and safety hazard. Flammable
materials shall be stored in a properly labeled, flame-resistant
cabinet. Keep closets free of old rags, paper, or other
combustible odds and ends.
- Keep all walkways, stairwells, and exits free from
obstructions at all times.