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Many underestimate the risk and destructive power of fire. The U.S. Fire Administration, a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, believes in promoting awareness that fires are fast, hot, dark, and deadly. Knowing how to quickly react during a fire will save lives.

All occupants of a building must respond to alarms and instructions issued by authorities. When you hear an alarm, grab your critical belongings (purse, briefcase, keys), alert others in the vicinity, close doors as you leave and proceed to the nearest exit or stairwell and wait for further announcements.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

  • In the event of a fire, if the fire alarm is not sounding, activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
  • Call 713-221-8911 or 911 to report the fire.
  • Notify and assist people in the immediate area of a fire.
  • Confine the fire by closing doors as you exit.
  • Evacuate the building at the nearest exit/stairwell.
  • Do not use the elevators.
  • If unable to exit, go to nearest exit/stairwell or safe area and call 713-221-8911 or 911.
  • Report to campus evacuation assembly points to be accounted for. Campus Assembly Points.
  • Supervisors and Faculty, account for your employees/students and report anyone missing to emergency personnel.
  • Do not re-enter the building until authorized to do so by emergency personnel.
  • Never assume a fire alarm is a false alarm.
  • In the event of inclement weather, seek shelter in a nearby unaffected building until given further instructions by emergency personnel.  

High Rise Building Evacuation Procedures (One Main Building & Academic Building)

The evacuation alarm will sound on the affected floor, the floor below, and the floor above. Upon the sounding of the alarm on your floor, all occupants of the floor(s) should proceed to the nearest marked emergency exit/stairwell on each floor and await instructions via Everbridge, the Public Address System, or UHDPD personnel on whether to evacuate the building or if it is all-clear to return to business as usual.

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Things to think about…

  • Do you know where your primary and secondary exits are located?
  • Do you know where the assembly points are for your building?
  • Do you know where your nearest fire extinguisher is located?
  • Do you know how to use a fire extinguisher?

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