Office of Emergency Management | Emergency Procedures |

Building Explosion
  • Know the campus emergency evacuation procedures.
  • Know where the fire exits and fire extinguishers are located, and be able to find them in the dark.
  • Stay away from windows.
  • Immediately get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you.
  • Stay below any smoke at all times.

If trapped in debris:

  • Use a flashlight, if available to help rescuers locate you.
  • Stay in your area so you do not kick up dust.
  • Cover your mouth with your clothing or a handkerchief.
  • Tap on a pipe or wall so that rescuers can locate you. Shout as a last resort – shouting can cause a person to inhale dangerous amounts of dusts.

If a fire occurs:

  • Stay low to the floor and exit the building quickly and calmly.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth.
  • Test closed doors for heat with the palm of your hand and forearm on the lower and upper portions of the door. If it is hot or warm to the touch, do not open. Seek an alternate escape route.
  • Never use water on an electrical fire.
  • If caught in smoke – drop to your hands and knees and crawl; breathe shallowly through your nose and use your clothing as a filter.
  • If you must move through flames – hold your breath, move quickly, cover your head and hair, keep your head down, and close your eyes as much as possible.
  • If your clothes catch fire “stop, drop, and roll” until the fire is out.
  • If you are in a room and cannot escape, leave the door closed, stay low to the floor and hang a white or light-colored cloth outside the window.

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