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In the event of a fire, pull the nearest fire alarm pull station when you:

  • Smell smoke and or see flames.
  • Smell fumes that are making you or others ill or might pose a danger. For example, natural gas or strong chemical odor.
  • Hear an explosion.
  • Believe there is imminent danger to yourself or other building’s occupants.
  • When in doubt, pull the fire alarm pull station!
  • Once you are evacuated to the assembly area, inform a person of authority the reason for your pulling of the alarm. Such as the incident commander or BET member.

Fighting a fire:

  • Use of fire extinguisher only if trained, comfortable in the effort, and confident that it is safe to fight the fire.
  • Do not let fire get between you and the exit.
  • Avoid smoke and fumes.
  • If ever in doubt, evacuate immediately.
  • Close the door behind you as you exit.

If the fire alarm sounds:

  • Evacuate the building immediately and proceed to the designated assembly area.
  • Before opening any door, check the door and the doors handle temperature with the back of your hand.
  • Never open doors that are warm to the touch. If a door handle is warm use an alternate route.
  • If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit route, stay in the room with the doors closed. Place a wet towel under the door, if available.
  • Open a window and wave a brightly colored cloth or flashlight to signal for help.
  • Avoid smoke or fumes. If unavoidable, crawl low under smoke.


  • Do not use elevators!
  • Do not reenter a building until you are directed that it is safe to do so.