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Fire and Explosion Emergencies

Fire Emergencies

Before a fire occurs, know the location of fire extinguishers, fire exits, and fire alarm systems – known as “pull stations” – in your area and how to use them. 

When a fire is detected:

  • Activate the fire alarm system by pulling a fire alarm station on your way out of thebuilding.
  • If a minor fire appears controllable, immediately activate the building fire alarm, then promptly direct the charge of the fire extinguisher toward the base of the flame.
  • Never attempt to control a fire unless the building alarm has been sounded, the evacuation has begun, and you have the training and ability to do so.
  • If time permits, stabilize lab procedures, turn off stoves and ovens, and unplug or disable any device that could make a dangerous situation even worse.

Close doors and windows as you leave if safe to do so. Closing doors confines the fire and reduces oxygen. Do not lock doors!

Do not use elevators! Evacuate all rooms. Leave the building by walking quickly to the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same as you leave.

  • Feel doors before opening; if door is hot, don’t open it.

In the event of a fire, dial 911 (dial 9 first from campus phones) and notify the Department of Public Safety at 610.902.8111 (or 8111 for campus phones) when outside.

  • If smoke is present, stay near the floor where air will be less toxic. Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire. If trapped, keep the doors closed and place cloth under them to keep outsmoke.
  • Signal for help by hanging an object (e.g., a jacket or shirt) out of the window to attractattention.

After an evacuation, when outside, report to your designated assembly point at least 300 feet away from the building.

  • Stay there until an accurate headcount has been taken. Your department head, manager, supervisor, or person in charge of each office/area will take attendance and assist in the accounting of all building occupants.
  • Notify emergency responders of anyone trapped, especially anyone with a physical disability who cannot evacuate.

Do not re-enter an evacuated building for any reason unless told to do so by the Incident Commander or a University official (e.g., Public Safety or Facilities), or only when an “All Clear” is provided by first responders or issued via the University’s Emergency Notification System.

Explosion Emergencies 
In the event of an explosion on campus, take the following action:

  • Immediately take cover under tables, desks, and other objects, which will give protection against falling glass or debris.
  • After the effects of the explosion and/or fire have subsided, dial 911 (dial 9 first from campus phones) and notify the Department of Public Safety at 610.902.8111 (or 8111 for campus phones).
  • Give your name and describe the location (building name, room number) and nature of the emergency.
  • If necessary, or when directed to do so, activate the building fire alarm.
  • When the building fire alarm is sounded or when told to leave by police, fire or University officials (e.g., Public Safety or Facilities), walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and ask others to do the same.
  • Do not use elevators in case of fire. Do not panic or create panic in others.

After an evacuation, report to your designated assembly point at least 300 feet away from the affected building. Stay there until an accurate headcount has been taken.

Your department head, manager, supervisor, or person in charge of each office/area will take attendance and assist in the accounting of all building occupants.

Do not re-enter an evacuated building unless told to do so by the Incident Commander or a University official (e.g., Public Safety or Facilities), or only when an “All Clear” is provided by first responders or issued via the University’s Emergency Notification System.

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