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It is recommended that all faculty, staff and students become familiar with the fire exits on the floors where they live, attend or teach class, or work. This can be done by walking down the hall of the building in which you are located and noting the location of doors marked "Exit."

Fire alarms may go off within the University for a number of reasons, including fire drills, false alarms, and actual fires, but all alarms must be reacted to as though they are an actual alarm. When an alarm sounds, be sure to follow the basic procedures outlined below:

  • Immediately prepare to leave the area (classroom, residence hall, office, etc.).
  • Leave the lights on.
  • Close and lock the door.
  • Close windows.
  • Turn off air conditioners.
  • Secure any hazardous materials or equipment.
  • If possible, take readily available personal items (keys, ID, coat, purse, books, etc.) with you.
  • Evacuate the building using the nearest hallway door marked "Exit."
  • If you encounter smoke or the exit is blocked, try another escape route.
  • If you have to escape through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees, and keep your head low where the air is cleanest.
  • Walk; do not run, in single file, down the stairs.
  • Follow the stairs down to street level, exiting onto the sidewalk. Do not use the elevator!
  • Do not cross the bridge between Lawrence Hall and Academic Hall.
  • Do not stand in front of, or block entrances to, the affected buildings.
  • Cross the street to be out of the way of any fire or police vehicles.
  • Follow directions given by evacuation wardens.
  • Notify emergency services of anyone trapped or injured inside.
  • Go to the evacuation assembly point designated in the building's evacuation plan and on building emergency evacuation signs.
  • Do not re-enter the building until permission is given.