Fire Procedures

  • Activate fire alarm pull station if in a building.
  • Immediately leave the building – and if possible – shut off equipment, stabilize experiments if you can quickly
  • Close your door to deprive the fire of oxygen
  • Alert others
  • Assist others in evacuating if possible. Have those you cannot assist wait in areas designated “RESCUE ASSISTANCE”
  • Call 911 or 919-515-3000
  • Activate emergency blue light phone if near by
  • Assemble a safe place away from danger; account for others from your office, floor, etc
  • Person with knowledge of the situation should meet with first responders
  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared by first responders

Extinguishing Small Fires

A small fire is approximately desk trash-can sized that can be easily put out with a fire extinguisher. If you are trained, the fire is small, and the alarm has sounded, you may attempt to extinguish the fire.

Act Fast During Building Fires

  • Dial 911 and state your location
  • Never use an elevator and exit the building from the nearest exit
  • Check closed doors before opening; if hot, choose alternative route
  • Crawl if there is smoke, taking short breaths, as freshest air will be near the floor
  • Stuff towels or clothing under door, over vents to restrict smoke and fumes if you cannot leave
  • Open windows if possible
  • Use a towel, sheet, pillowcase or clothing to hang out the window to mark your location for first responders to see.