University of Southern Indiana

Fire

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Before

  • Know where fire extinguishers are and how to use them.
  • Know location of primary and secondary exits.
  • Know evacuation routes.

During

  • Even for a minor fire, immediately contact Public Safety at 812-492-7777 or
    activate the building alarms.
  • If a fire appears uncontrollable, IMMEDIATELY sound the building alarms and evacuate the building. If possible, aid others to safety and close all doors to confine fire. DO NOT LOCK DOORS.
  • Do not use elevators when there is fire. Take the stairs.
  • Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor where the air will be easier to breathe.
  • Once outside, move to an assigned clear area away from the affected building(s).
    Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles.
  • If you become trapped in a building, place an article of clothing outside the window as a marker for emergency personnel. If there is no window, stay near the floor where the air is more breathable. Shout in intervals to alert emergency personnel of your location.

After

  • Inform emergency personnel of any trapped or injured individuals.
  • Enter the building only after it is declared safe to do so.

Fire Safety Tips

If trapped in a room

  • Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
  • Wet and place cloth material around or under the door to prevent smoke from entering the room.
  • Be prepared to signal to someone outside.

Caught in smoke

  • Drop to hands and knees and crawl toward exit. Stay low as smoke will rise to ceiling level.
  • Hold your breath.
  • Move quickly.
  • Cover your head and hair.
  • Keep your head down and your eyes closed as much as possible.

Using a fire extinguisher

A fire extinguisher should only be used on small, contained fires and only if it can be done safely. If you have doubt, evacuate.

  • Pull safety pin from handle.
  • Aim at base of fire.
  • Squeeze the trigger handle.
  • Sweep from side to side at base of fire.

Reporting Emergencies

  • The quickest, easiest way to obtain help for any emergency is to call Public Safety at 812-492-7777.
  • Stay calm and carefully explain the problem and location.

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