Fire and life safety is an important area of concern for the Environmental, Health and Safety Office (EHS). EHS adheres to a comprehensive fire safety program, which incorporates code compliance, training and education in fire safety practices, regular equipment inspections, and fire prevention policies.

EHS takes a proactive approach to implementing the highest standards of fire safety, from the correct use of fire extinguishers to maintaining hazardous materials permits.

Response For Types of Fire & Smoke Detection

Fire and smoke

  • Smoke odor: call 911
  • Visible fire or smoke inside building: pull nearest fire alarm pull box

When the fire alarm sounds

  • Evacuate the building immediately via nearest exit per the building's evacuation plan
  • Close all doors as you leave, do not lock doors
  • If fire is small, attempt to extinguish it, but don't take chances

Fire outside the building

  • Call 911
  • Give the following information:
    • Your name, and that you wish to report a fire
    • The exact location of the fire
    • Describe what is burning
    • Do not hang up until released by the operator

Fire Safety Best Practices

Protect yourself by following these safety tips:

  • Always obey "No Smoking" signs. Smoke only in designated locations.
  • Flammable liquids shall be kept in approved safety cans for use in small amounts and for transportation. These containers shall be clearly labeled and stored in a separate, protected area.
  • Refueling a small engine that is running or is hot can be dangerous and should be avoided. Always clean up spills that occur during refueling before re-starting engines.
  • Safety cans should be used for dispensing flammable or combustible liquids at the point of use. All spills of flammable or combustible liquids must be cleaned up promptly.
  • Bulk drums of flammable liquids should be grounded and bonded to containers during dispensing.
  • Rags that contain oils or solvents shall be kept in covered metal containers until they can be safety disposed. Petroleum distillates (e.g., solvents, thinners, oils, etc.) should be stored in an approved flammable cabinet.
  • Never check for possible natural gas leaks with an open flame.