Fires or Explosions

Fires or Explosions

If you smell smoke or unusual odors suggesting a fire or fire risk, call 911, or, if outdoors, use a Blue Light Phone.

In Case of Fire

  1. Activate the building's nearest alarm pull box.
  2. IMMEDIATELY evacuate all rooms and close doors. Do not lock doors.
  3. An alarm indicates an emergency. Walk quickly to the nearest exit stairways and alert others to do the same. Do NOT stop for personal belongings or records. 
  4. If possible, assist any person with a disability in exiting the building. Do NOT use elevators. Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire: stay near the floor where the air is less toxic. 
  5.  Once outside, move to a clear area at least 200 yards away from the affected building at the designated meeting location. Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear.
  6. Keep clear of any Command Post set up near the scene unless you have official business.
  7. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING until authorized by a College official. 


  • If you or someone else is on fire: stop, drop and roll.
  • Always know two escape routes. 
  • If you become trapped during a fire, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside a window as a marker for rescue officials. 
  • If no window is available, stay low to the ground where the air is less toxic and shout at regular intervals to alert rescue crews to your location.