Fire Safety

Please be aware of your building’s evacuation procedure and always exit the building in the event of a fire alarm – false , drill or otherwise – take no chances with your safety!

Fire Safety

Which fire extinguisher do we need?

Ensure that the appropriate extinguishers are available in your area based on the type of work or research being done.

Types of Extinguishers Types of Fires
Class A For ordinary combustible materials such as paper, wood, cardboard, and most plastics
Class B For flammable or combustible liquids such as gasoline, kerosene, grease and oil
Class C For electrical equipment such as appliances, wiring, circuit breakers and outlets
Class D Commonly found in chemical laboratories for fires that involve combustible metals such as magnesium, titanium, potassium and sodium
Class K Commonly found in restaurants and cafeteria kitchens for cooking oils, trans-fats, or fats in cooking appliances
Class ABC Multipurpose dry chemical extinguisher for combination Class A, B & C fires

For Fire Extinguisher problems, maintenance or replacement, call your building Facility Manager.
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What to do if you see a fire?

  • Activate the fire alarm, alert others, and move everyone away from the area of the fire, closing doors behind you.
  • Call 911 and report location of fire (see Emergency Procedures).
  • Use a fire extinguisher on small fires (waste basket sized) only if it is safe to do so. Use the correct fire extinguisher.

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What to do if a fire alarm is activated?

  • It must be treated as a real emergency.
  • Evacuate the building and proceed to your emergency meeting location.
  • Never open a closed door without checking it first for heat – if the door is hot, do not open it. If not hot, open it slowly, standing behind it to one side, and be prepared to shut it quickly if fire is present.
  • Use the stairway, proceeding down to the ground floor, never up. Never use elevators if fire is suspected.
  • Once outside, proceed to the assembly area so that a head count can be taken. Find out the location of your predetermined area before a fire occurs.

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What to do if clothing catches on fire?


  • STOP where you are.
  • DROP to the floor.
  • ROLL around on the floor.

Someone else’s:

  • Grab a blanket, rug or coat and wrap them in it to smother the flames.

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What to do if trapped in a room by fire?

  • Block smoke from entering by placing damp cloth material around / under door.
  • Retreat, closing as many doors as possible between yourself and the fire.
  • Signal your location — phone 911 and give the fire department your exact location; if this is not possible be prepared to signal from a window. Do not open the window or break glass unless absolutely necessary — outside smoke may be drawn in.

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What to do if caught in smoke?

  • Drop to your knees and crawl.
  • Breathe shallowly through your nose, holding your breath as long as possible. Use a damp cloth over your mouth and nose to filter out smoke.
  • Stay calm.

Note: Know in advance exactly how many doors you will have to pass along your evacuation route before you reach the nearest exit. In heavy smoke you can crawl or crouch low with head 30”-36” from the floor (watching the base of the wall) and count out the number of doors you pass — you will then know when you have reached the exit door (even if you can’t see that it is the exit).

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