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Fire Safety


Fire is one of the most likely emergencies to occur in a building. Everyone should be familiar with fire response procedures and know the sound of the fire alarm. In the event the fire alarm activates:

  • Leave the building and close doors on your way out.
  • Do not use the elevator.
  • Meet for a head count at a pre-determined location at least 200 feet away from the building.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the fire department or police makes the all-clear announcement.

For information on developing a fire plan for your department or conducting a fire drill, contact Suzanne Rimmer at 974-5084 or

Fire Extinguisher Use

The university has approximately 6,000 portable fire extinguishers on campus. The vast majority are effective against all three major classes of fires. Never attempt to use a fire extinguisher in situations where your safety could be endangered. PASS is a simple acronym you can remember to use an extinguisher:

  • Pull and remove the pin located at the top of the extinguisher.
  • Aim the discharge nozzle at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the top handle of the extinguisher. The extinguishing agent will flow from the nozzle at this point.
  • Sweep the discharge from side to side across the fire.

You can get training for fire extinguisher use by contacting EHS or by downloading this manual.

Fire Safety Log

The US Department of Education requires each institution of higher education to keep a log of fires that occur in residential occupancies, such as dorms and fraternities. False alarms are not included in the tally. The UT fire safety log is updated within 48 hours of a fire. Download the log here.

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