Fires can occur at anytime on campus and are a serious threat to life and property. Simple steps such as keeping fire doors closed, learning how to use a fire extinguisher and familiarizing yourself with evacuation routes could be life-saving.
In the event of a fire:
- Pull the fire alarm.
- Call 911 (or 9-911) and Campus Security at 250-721-7599.
- Use an extinguisher if the fire is small. Make sure you use the correct extinguisher.
- Evacuate the building, closing doors and windows on your way out, if it is safe to do so.
- If you cannot evacuate, close as many doors as possible between you and the fire. Do not use elevators. Use stairwells as refuge areas. Hang clothing from a window to alert emergency response personnel.
|Class||Type of fire|
|A||Ordinary combustibles (e.g. paper, wood)|
|B||Flammable liquids (e.g. gas, solvents)|
Electrically charged equipment (e.g. computers)
Kitchen / Cooking Areas
If caught in smoke:
- Drop to your knees and crawl.
- Breathe shallowly through your nose, holding your breath as long as possible. Use a damp cloth over your mouth and nose to filter out smoke.
- Stay calm.
If your clothing catches on fire:
- STOP where you are.
- DROP to the floor.
- ROLL around on the floor.
If someone else's clothing catches on fire:
- Grab a blanket, rug or coat and wrap them in it to smother the flames.