Fire hazards


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 (see table below).
  • 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 designated 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 low to the ground 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.