See Fire Safety at Vanderbilt University for more information.
If you smell smoke, see a fire, or hear a fire alarm:
- IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE THE BUILDING. Always use the stairs. Never use elevators during a fire.
- If the fire alarm has not been activated, then pull the manual fire alarm pull station by the nearest exit. Assist any person in need.
- Before opening doors, check for heat:
IF THE DOOR IS COOL:
- Open the door carefully and proceed to the nearest exit.
- Close doors behind you and leave the lights on.
- If there is light smoke, stay low and cover your face with a cloth to filter out particulates.
IF THE DOOR IS HOT, DO NOT OPEN IT!
- Seek another exit.
- If you are on a ground floor, try to exit through a window.
- IF THE DOOR IS COOL:
- If you are trapped in a room on an upper floor:
- Call 911 to report your building, floor, room number, and the number of people with you.
- Prevent smoke from entering the room. If accessible, place wet towels or cloth material at the bottom of the door and cover any vents.
- If the room begins to fill with smoke, you can open the window slightly. Never break the window because this might cause a chimney effect and help spread the fire.
- Assist the physically impaired as you evacuate the building.
- Offer to guide the visually impaired.
- Instruct the hearing impaired to evacuate with you. If you encounter a wheelchair-bound person, assist them to a refuge point and instruct them to wait for Fire Department assistance.
- The first choice for a refuge point would be a widened stairway landing that will accommodate a wheelchair without impeding patrons as they exit.
- If no stairway refuge exists, then have them remain in a room with a window.
- Make every attempt to ensure they have a phone or cell phone available.
- Make note of their exact location and continue to evacuate the building.
- After you safely evacuate from the building, report to your designated assembly area.
- Report to your supervisor or designated point of contact and communicate to them:
- The location of anyone who could not be evacuated.
- The location and phone number of any mobility impaired person you assisted.
- Any problems you witnessed while exiting the building, such as hallways/stairs filling with smoke or blocked by fire.
- DO NOT go back into the building until the Fire Department or the Vanderbilt University Police personnel provide the All Clear.
To call the Vanderbilt University Police Department in an emergency:
- Dial 911 from any campus phone.
- Dial from any other phone.