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Disaster Manual: Fire Emergency

A comprehensive collection of links to resources for disaster prevention, recovery, training, and outreach.

Fire

As soon as there is evidence of a fire, call 9-911. When the fire alarm goes off, it automatically
notifies 911, but it is still necessary to call and give details regarding the fire. Tell the operator
the location of the building. (To make sure the right building is noted, tell the operator that the
address is:

1028 Bruin Boulevard (the building with the circle driveway and flagpole.)

*Make sure the operator is aware that this is a library, so we will need different fire
extinguishing methods. Give the exact location of the fire (1028 Bruin Blvd and room number), your
name and type of fire (if known). Let the operator hang up first. Contain the fire by closing all
doors and windows. Extinguish if possible, or evacuate to the rally point. The Library is part of
the Blue Team. Library employees should rally at the corner of Galvin Road and Bruin Blvd. in the
Administration Building parking lot. If time allows, turn on all lights and close all doors behind you
as you leave.

  • Activate the fire pull station.
  • Call Ext. 557-5000 and give:
  • Exact location of fire (room number and building), your name and type of fire (if known).                                                                                
  • (To make sure the right building is noted, tell the operator that we are the building with the circle driveway and flagpole.) 
  • Remember: Let operator hang up first. 
  • Make sure the operator is aware that this is a library, so we will need different fire extinguishing methods.

CONTAIN THE FIRE BY CLOSING ALL DOORS AND WINDOWS.

EXTINGUISH IF POSSIBLE, OR EVACUATE TO THE RALLY POINT. 

The Library is part of the Blue Team.  Library employees should rally at the corner of Galvin Road and Lloyd Street in the Administration Building parking lot. 

SMELL SOMETHING BURNING, BUT SEE NO SMOKE:

  • Call Campus Safety at Ext. 557-5000.
  • Campus Safety will:
  • Send an officer to investigate.
  • Activate the building fire alarm system, if necessary.

SELF PROTECTIVE MEASURES

  • If your clothes catch on fire: stop, drop and roll.
  • If you are caught in smoke drop to your hands and knees and crawl below the smoke level.
  • If you are trapped in a room, place cloth and material under the door to prevent smoke from entering.
  • Retreat and close as many doors as possible between you and the fire. Signal for help.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES

  • Learn at least two escape routes and emergency exits from your area.
  • Learn to activate the fire alarm and the extinguishers in your area.
  • Learn to recognize fire alarm and signals.

FIRE

  • Pull the nearest fire alarm. DIAL Ext. 557-5000. Campus Safety will then sound the general alarm. Give your name, location and the extent of the fire.
  • Spread the word if possible. Evacuate the building.
  • If possible close all doors behind you.
  • Assemble at the rally point for your building. Avoid blocking drives that may be used by emergency personnel.  

Library Building Procedures 

As soon as there is evidence of a fire, call 9911.  When the fire alarm goes off, it automatically notifies 911, but it is still necessary to call and give details regarding the fire.  Tell the operator the location of the building.  (To make sure the right building is noted, tell the operator that we are the building with the circle driveway and flagpole.)  *Before hanging up, make sure the operator is aware that this is a library, so we will need different fire extinguishing methods.

The Library is part of the Blue Team.  Library employees should rally at the corner of Galvin Road and Lloyd Street in the Administration Building parking lot.  At the rally point, the staff members should be counted to ensure that all are safe.  

Fire Extinguishers

Regardless of size, etc., fires are categorized as three basic types: 

Class A, Class B and Class C.

         1.      Class A fires involve paper, cloth, wood, upholstery and other ordinary combustibles.

         2.      Class B fires involve gasoline, oil, grease and other flammable liquids.  *Water should not be used on this type of fire.

         3.      Class C fires involve electrical equipment. Water should not be used, due to the danger of severe electrical shock.

Fire extinguishers, located at the building’s three entrances and in the library tech services area, are multipurpose dry chemical fire extinguishers, (i.e., Class A, B, and C combined into one unit). 

Operating instructions are clearly marked on the extinguishers, and they should be followed exactly in order to extinguish small fires in a limited area.  On top of the extinguisher, by the handle, there is a pin that needs to be pulled.  Once the pin has been removed, aim the nozzle toward the base of the fire and squeeze the extinguisher’s handle.  Most types of fire extinguishers discharge their contents in 8 – 25 seconds, depending on their size.  Therefore, it is important to correctly aim the extinguisher at the fire before operating it.  Then be prepared for the discharge.  As the extinguisher discharges its contents forward, it will also jolt back from the force.  Use a sweeping motion across the base of the flames, going back and forth until the fire is out or until the extinguisher is empty. 

Fire Safety Tips:

                                 Always report a fire before attempting to extinguish it.

·         Always keep your back to your escape route.

·         Never attempt to extinguish a large fire.

·         When using a fire extinguisher remember the acronym

o        P.A.S.S

§     Pull

§     Aim

§     Squeeze

§     Sweep

Even though you may determine to use a fire extinguisher, it is most important to remember that you or another person must still contact someone to report the fire.