Fire Safety

Fire on your floor

  • Upon discovering a fire, close the door to the room where the fire is located and call 9-1-1 or (909) 869-3070 from a cell phone. Give your name, department and location of the fire.
  • Activate the building fire alarm, alert others and move everyone away from the area of the fire.
  • Use the fire extinguisher ONLY if safe to do so on small fires (wastebasket-sized).
  • Be sure you are using the proper extinguisher for the type of fire you are fighting. If the fire is large, very smoky or rapidly spreading ... GET OUT. Close doors and confine the fire as much as possible.

How to use a fire extinguisher

A staff member practices using a fire extinguisher.P PULL safety pin from handle.

A AIM nozzle, cone or horn at base of the fire.

S SQUEEZE the trigger handle.

S SWEEP from side to side. (Watch for re-flash.)

Be Prepared

  • Know the location of the nearest fire alarm in YOUR AREA.
  • Know the location of the nearest fire extinguisher.
  • Know what type of fire extinguisher(s) in your area and which class fire it is used for.

If trapped in a room:

  • Place cloth material around and under the doors to prevent smoke from entering. Retreat — close as many doors as possible between you and the fire. Be prepared to signal from a window, but DO NOT break the glass unless absolutely necessary (outside smoke may be drawn in).

If caught in smoke:

  • Drop to hands and knees and crawl. Hold your breath as much as possible. Take shallow breaths through your nose and use a blouse, shirt or jacket as a filter.

When a fire alarm is activated on your floor:

  • Evacuate the building immediately. Inform others in the building who may not have responded to the alarm to evacuate immediately. The alarm may not sound continuously. If the alarm stops, continue the evacuation. Warn others who may enter the building after the alarm stops.
  • When the fire alarm sounds, DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. They may become inoperative and turn into a trap. Take your personal belongings and lock file cabinets and office doors upon leaving.
  • WALK ... DO NOT RUN to the nearest exit or stairway. Know the location of an alternate exit. Be sure to close the stairwell door behind you. Walk down to the ground floor and exit.
  • Evacuate to your safe evacuation site and out of the way of emergency personnel. Do not return to the building until instructed to do so. Follow directions of emergency personnel or building marshal(s).
  • Stay low when moving through smoke.
  • If you are disabled, yell for help to go down the stairs. Give assistance to (help carry if necessary) all disabled persons down the stairs. (Note: Detailed procedures for disabled persons are available from the Disabled Students Office.)
  • Notify emergency personnel on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.

If forced to advance through flames:

  • Hold your breath and move quickly.
  • Cover your head and hair.
  • Keep your head down and close your eyes as often as possible.

In summary

Your own common sense is the finest safety device ever developed. Above all, remember to use your head. Prepare yourself in advance. Know where to go and how to get there. If your work station is located within an office, know in advance exactly how many doors you will have to pass along your evacuation route before you reach your nearest exit door. This tip will be very helpful in the event you encounter heavy smoke.