Campus Safety and Security


Before faced with a fire, familiarize yourself with fire extinguisher locations, exits, and building fire alarms / pull stations. Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire. As you evacuate, or if you are trapped, always stay near the floor where the air is less toxic.

  • Do Not Panic.
  • Activate the closest building fire alarm for emergency response.
  • When the building fire alarm is sounded, always assume an emergency exists, EXIT the building immediately, UNLESS prior to the alarm gunshots have been heard or a Clark Alert has been received advising you to stay in place. Use common sense.
  • If a fire appears controllable, discharge a fire extinguisher toward the base of the flame.
  • As you exit the building, notice any individuals not responding to the emergency alarm and call out to them to leave the building.
  • Assist persons with disabilities to exit.
  • Close but do not lock doors to confine fire.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Use alternate evacuation routes if the normal route is blocked.
  • Feel closed doors from top to bottom, in the evacuation route, IF COLD open the door, IF HOT, DO NOT OPEN the door and use an alternative evacuation route. (Hot Doors may be an indication of fire on the other side of the door).
  • Avoid smoke filled areas. If the room or evacuation route is filling with smoke, crouch down as you exit. Smoke rises, pushing available air to the floor.
  • Should your clothing catch on fire-STOP DROP and ROLL to smother flame.

If trapped during a fire:

  • Shout at regular intervals to alert Emergency crews of your location.
  • Use your cell phone to alert University Police of your location (508-793-7575)
  • Find a window and place an article of clothing outside of it and or use the back of an Emergency Guide book (HELP) to place in outside windows as a marker for rescue crews.
  • Wait for the All Clear announcement from University officials before reentry of the building / area.