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Fire and Fire Alarms

Fire Inside the Building

  • Activate a fire alarm or pull station.
  • Call 911 and give your name, building name, address, floor, location, and other related information.
  • Evacuate the building using building evacuation instructions.

Building Evacuation - when the building fire alarms sound

  • Immediately evacuate using the building evacuation plan procedures.
  • Walk to the nearest exit/stairwell (close the door behind you).
  • Proceed to the designated gathering area outside the building, and report to your supervisor for a headcount.
  • Do not re-enter the building until cleared by authorized personnel.
  • Assist with the evacuation of individuals with special needs.


  • Crouch low to avoid smoke and heat.
  • Avoid inhaling smoke and fire gases.
  • Learn the location of fire extinguishers and exits.
  • Report unsafe conditions to your immediate supervisor.

Fire Outside a Building

  • Call 911 (tell the caller name and address, location of fire, etc.).
  • Do NOT activate the building fire alarm system.

Use Portable Fire Extinguisher if:

  • You are properly trained (hands-on training).
  • It is a small, contained fire (e.g., wastebasket).
  • You can extinguish the fire within 15 seconds (evacuate if it takes longer).