At the first sign of fire or smoke
  • Close the door to the room (but do not lock it) where the fire is located.
  • Notify the Fire Department either by sounding the building alarm or by calling the Fire/Police Communications Center at 9-1-1.
    Note: The pull alarms will work even if the electricity is out.
  • If you sound the building alarm, follow with a call to 9-1-1 to provide additional information.
  • Do not hang up until the dispatcher instructs you to do so.
  • Notify your department coordinator and the department head.

Potential actions

  • If the fire is near the equipment room in the basement, call the Facilities Service Call Center (752-1655) so the gas can be turned off after you have notified the Fire Department. (A natural gas line enters Mrak Hall for the emergency generator in the equipment room.)
  • If the fire is small (for example, confined to a wastebasket), you may wish to fight it with a fire extinguisher or fire hose.

- Be sure you are using the proper extinguisher for the type of fire you are fighting. Extinguishers in Mrak Hall are Class A. Class A fires involve "ordinary combustibles," which are wood, paper, trash, cloth, rubber, and many plastics.

  • If the fire is large, very smoky, or rapid-spreading, solicit help and begin clearing the immediate area at once. If time permits and it is safe to do so:

- Turn off your computer and monitor

- Collect your valuables and keys

- Leave lights on

- Close windows (except for bomb scares)

- Close doors, but leave them unlocked

If the department coordinator or department head decides to evacuate the floor or building before emergency personnel arrive, follow the evacuation instructions in Section 6, Evacuation.