If you encounter a fire:

  • Alert others and pull the closest fire alarm.Emerg Prepare Bldg Poster
  • Evacuate the building.
    • Do not use the elevator.
    • Grab your purse/wallet/keys.
    • Close all doors behind you as you leave.
    • Evacuate to your building assembly point (located at least 200 feet away from the building).  Assembly points are designated for UTK buildings on signage located near elevators and exits.
    • Do not re-enter the building until the fire department or police makes the all-clear announcement.
  • Call 911.
    • Provide as much additional information as you can, such as where the fire (building name and address) is and if there are people inside.
  • Self report basic personal information to emergency response personnel for tracking.

Should you extinguish a fire?

  • For a small fire, try to extinguish it. (See below for extinguisher directions)
  • Do NOT use an extinguisher if:
    • You are not comfortable putting out the fire.
    • Heavy smoke is filling the room or it is difficult to breath.
    • Your escape route could be blocked.
    • The fire is large or spreading rapidly (larger than a trashcan).
    • The fire is partially hidden behind a wall or ceiling.
    • There are hazardous materials (flammable liquids) present.
  • If the above listed conditions exist, close any doors present and evacuate instead.

How to use a fire extinguisher:

  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher.
  • Aim the hose at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the metal handle.
  • Sweep the hose from side to side at the base of the fire.

How to use a fire extinguisher video at

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