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Emergency Preparedness Information


Evacuation Tips from UT Dallas.

Fire Evacuation Procedures

UPON DISCOVERING ANY FIRE

  1. IMMEDIATELY ACTIVATE THE NEAREST FIRE ALARM.
  2. EVACUATE THE BUILDING RIGHT AWAY
    • Use the nearest accessible exit
    • Warns others to evacuate, if safe to do so.
    • Use exit stairways not elevators
    • Do not stop for personal/university belongings or records.
    • Close all doors behind you as you leave.
  3. From a SAFE LOCATION Call 911 or extension 2331 (University Police) and announce:
    1. The University of Texas at Dallas
    2. Building name
    3. Location of the fire within the building
    4. Your Name
  4. Evacuate directly to the Evacuation Assembly Area. Please stay out of the way of the following:
    • Fire Personnel
    • Emergency Vehicles
    • Police Personnel
  5. If you suspect someone may be trapped notify either the University Police or Firefighters on the scene.
  6. Do not return to the building until instructed to do so by the EH&S Fire Marshall or Incident Commander.

Note: After you have sounded the fire alarm and if the fire is very small:

  1. You may wish to try to fight it with a fire extinguisher.
  2. Do this only if you have been trained in its use,
  3. Be sure you are using the proper fire extinguisher for the type of fire you are fighting.

IF YOU ARE NOT TRAINED, DO NOT USE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS

IF YOU ARE IN YOUR ROOM WHEN THE ALARM SOUNDS:

  1. YOU FEEL THE DOOR WITH BACK OF YOUR HAND. THE DOOR IS HOT!
    1. DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR!
    2. Place wet towels, sheets, or Clothes at the base of the door.
    3. Call 911 and notify University Police of your location.
    4. Hang a sheet or other noticeable item out your window.
    5. STAY CALM. DO NOT JUMP OUT THE WINDOW FROM UPPER FLOORS.
  2. YOU FEEL THE DOOR WITH THE BACK OF YOUR HAND. THE DOOR IS NOT HOT
    1. Open door slowly, evacuate if you think it is safe to do so.
    2. If the corridor is filling with smoke but you feel you can safely crawl below the smoke, evacuate if you think it is safe to do so.
    3. If the corridor is completely filled with smoke and you think evacuation is not possible close the door.
    4. Repeat steps 2-5 of the preparation for when the door is hot, as referenced above.



For More Information Contact:
The University of Texas at Dallas
Environmental Health & Safety
Office of Emergency Management
(972)-883-2420

Updated: November 7, 2012