Review the Emergency Action Plan for your building. Know where the nearest fire alarm pull station (if available), fire extinguisher, exit stairwells, and outside assembly area are located. Remember, elevators cannot be used in a fire emergency.
Evaluate the situation.
Secure the area by notifying and removing all occupants from the immediate danger area.
Close door(s) to the room or area where the fire is located, after all occupants are out of the room.
Activate the building fire alarm system. If there is no alarm system, begin evacuation of the building.
Phone Tulane (or facility) Police* and state the exact location of the fire.
Extinguish the fire with a portable fire extinguisher (if possible) and you are trained on how to do so.
TUHSC 988-5555 (x 55555 from downtown campus phone)
Uptown 865-5200 (x 5200 from uptown campus phone)
Pull the pin on the handle.
Aim nozzle at the base of the fire.
Squeeze the handle of the fire extinguisher, and
Sweep the fire extinguisher from side to side across the base of the fire.
OEHS Safety Guide - March 2011
For further information on portable fire extinguishers, see the NFPA pamphlet “Fire Extinguishers at Work.” These are distributed to new employees during orientation. Additional copies of the pamphlet can be obtained from the OEHS.
4. Before entering the fire room with an extinguisher, feel the closed door with the back of your hand. If the door is warm or hot to the touch or the room is full of smoke, proceed with area evacuation. NEVER let the fire come between you and the exit door. If the door is not warm, open it slowly, stay low, and extinguish the fire by applying the extinguishing agent toward the base of the fire.
5. Be familiar with the alarm system (if provided) in your building. (Some one and two story buildings do not have a fire alarm system.) If you hear the fire alarm:
Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 firstname.lastname@example.org