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Building Fire

What should I do if I discover a fire?

•    Activate the fire alarm system by pulling one of the nearest pull stations that are located along the exit routes, if the alarm is not already sounding.  
•    Follow your evacuation route and evacuate the building through the nearest fire-free, smoke-free exit if the alarm is sounding.  *DO NOT USE ELEVATORS*.  
•    Proceed to the pre-determined outdoor assembly area for the building.
•    Call 911 to report the fire, after you evacuate the building.
•    Remain in the assembly area until you have been told to re-enter the building by the emergency personnel in charge. 


What do I need to know about portable fire extinguishers?

•    Portable fire extinguishers are installed throughout FAU buildings.
•    Familiarize yourself with the locations of the fire extinguishers and receive hands-on training.
•    Fire extinguishers can only be used for small fires that can be easily contained.  
•    Multi-purpose ABC fire extinguishers are used to fight Class “A”, “B” and “C” fires:

     Class “A”:  Fires caused by ordinary combustibles, such as wood, paper or textiles.
     Class “B”:  Fires caused by flammable and combustible liquids, such as cooking oil, gasoline, and other solvents.
     Class “C”:  Fires caused by electrically-energized equipment or appliances, etc.  


When should I use a portable fire extinguisher?

Attempt to use fire extinguishers ONLY if the following apply:
•    You are trained on how to use the fire extinguisher.
•    The proper extinguisher is readily available.
•    The fire is small, contained, and not spreading beyond its starting point.
•    The exit is cleared and there is no imminent peril.
•    The building is being evacuated.
•    The fire department is being called.


How do I use a fire extinguisher?

To operate your extinguisher, remember the word PASS.
•    P – Pull the pin
•    A – Aim low  at the base of the fire
•    S – Squeeze the lever
•    S – Sweep across the fire


How do I prevent fires from occurring?

Check for the following fire hazards at all times and report to EH&S or call University Police
•    Improper disposal of smoking materials.
•    Exits not clearly marked or means of egress blocked by storage.
•    Trash and other combustibles have not been disposed of regularly or improper storage of flammable and combustible liquids.
•    Electrical hazards, such as overloaded outlets, unapproved types of extension cords, exposed wires and power cords that are in poor condition.
•    Use of open flames/candles.

For more information, visit the EH&S – Fire Safety Program.  

Utilites Problems and Failures

Electrical or plumbing failure, flooding, water leak, natural gas or propane leak:

•    Contact Work Control.
•    If the utility failure is wide spread, the University Police, EH&S or appropriate University administrator may order the building or area evacuated until the problem has been corrected.

What should I do if the utility failure causes or has the potential to cause serious danger to personnel or property?

•    Notify the University Police.
•    Get to a safe place (link to general actions section).


What should I know about a power outage in a building?

Some buildings the alarm systems and emergency lighting are connected to a backup generator. During a blackout these systems may experience a brief (less than 10-second) interruption as power is switched to an emergency generator or when power to the building is restored.
Remember, elevators usually do not work during a power outage.
Note that some equipment on campus is designed to work even during a power outage:
•    Corded telephones (cordless phones rely on a power supply)
•    Emergency lighting designed to illuminate exit pathways
•    Security card systems
•    Building fire alarm systems
•    Specially marked receptacles connected to an emergency generator
•    Equipment supported by uninterruptable power supplies (UPS) systems (temporarily on battery backup)


What should I do if flooding occurs in the building?

•    Stop using electrical equipment until repairs are accomplished and the area is dry.  
•    Avoid standing water due to the potential for electrical shock.
•    Notify University Police.


What should I do if I smell natural or propane gas?

•    Leave the area immediately
•    Keep others out of area
•    Notify University Police.
•    Get to a safe place (link to general actions section). 

 Last Modified 10/2/14