Fire Safety

Emergency Action Plan: Building Fire Alarm

Upon hearing a building fire alarm, all occupants must evacuate the building immediately. Faculty members and instructors are required to cease instruction and assist students in exiting the building. The only exception for remaining in the building applies to “designated personnel" who are required to operate or shut down critical systems. Should smoke and/or fire be in the area of a critical system, “designated personnel” shall immediately evacuate the building and report to their respective supervisors.

The individual(s) activating the fire alarm is responsible, after evacuating the building for meeting responding fire department personnel and/or public safety officers and identifying the location of the smoke and/or fire.

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety and the Physical Plant Casualty Prevention Supervisor are responsible for identifying and training designated personnel.

Safe and Orderly Evacuation of Building Occupants

The following procedures represent acceptable guidelines for ensuring the safe and orderly evacuation of building occupants.

  • Building occupants are not to use elevators.
  • Building occupants are to use the primary emergency exit whenever accessible. When the primary emergency exit is not accessible, building occupants are to use the secondary emergency exit. Occupants evacuating the building should go immediately to the designated meeting point away from the building. Supervisors or employees in lead positions should account, to the maximum degree possible, for employees, students, and visitors.
  • Building occupants are to assist individuals with disabilities (non-wheelchair) in exiting the building.
  • Building occupants who use wheelchairs and are on floors above ground level are to go to the closest enclosed stairwell. A university employee should remain with building occupants who use wheelchairs until a rescue is completed or the emergency is terminated. Building occupants who use wheelchairs and are located in the basement of buildings are to use the tunnel system and go to the closest adjacent building not involved in the alarm situation. No individuals, regardless of physical limitations, are to stay in tunnels connected to the building in which the fire alarm has been activated.

Burn Permit (Cutting-Welding-Hot Work) & Hot Work Permit Program

Visit the Department of Physical Plant's Safety and Casualty Prevention page for information about burn permits and hot work permits.

Related Information

Read the official newsletter of The Center for Campus Fire Safety.