Fires are extremely dangerous, deadly and can spread very fast. If you encounter a fire in your building or residence get out and away from the danger and follow the below procedures.

  • Remain calm;
  • If you smell or see smoke or fire, activate the nearest fire alarm, if the alarm is not activated automatically.
  • Do not attempt to fight the fire yourself unless you have been trained in the use of firefighting equipment and it is safe to do so;
  • Evacuate immediately by going to the nearest marked exit;
    • Exit quickly and calmly; do not attempt to take anything with you;
    • Close, but don't lock door behind you to contain the fire;
    • When exiting through a door check the door and handle. If the door or handle is hot to the touch or smoke is present, do not open the door and choose an alternative route;
    • If the fire or smoke keeps you from exiting the building, go to a room far away from the fire, shut the door, open a window and signal for help by waving an article of clothing or making loud noises. If possible, try to seal the bottom of the door with an article of clothing (jacket, etc.) to prevent smoke from entering the room. Call 911 to report your situation;
    • Exit via stairwells only. Do NOT attempt to use elevators;
    • Assist disabled persons or others who may need assistance. if you cannot assist others direct emergency personnel to them;
  • Do not let the fire and heavy smoke come between you and an exit. Choose an alternate route if fire and heavy smoke is in your path;
  • If caught in heavy smoke, take short breaths, crouch down or crawl as close to the floor and wall as possible;
  • Once outside and a safe distance from the building, call 911. The following information should be given to the dispatcher:
    • Location of the situation;
    • Description of the situation (i.e. fire, smoke in building, alarm sounding);
    • Your name;
  • Remember:
    • Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel;
    • An Emergency Operations Center (EOC) may be setup near the emergency site. Keep clear of the EOC unless you have important information to report;
    • Return to the building only when instructed to do so by a CMU Official or other emergency personnel;
    • Everyone should be alert to potential fire hazards: frayed electric cords, defective power strips, electrical overloads, coffee pots left on, etc. Report any potential hazards to a CMU Official.