Evacuate if:

  • A fire alarm is sounding
  • There is the presence of fire, smoke, or the odor of burning in the building

If you discover a fire, explosion or smoke in a building, activate the nearest fire alarm and proceed to evacuate, following the evacuation procedures in this booklet. Warn others as you exit. Notify your campus Police at 911 (9-911 also works from on-campus). Always call from a safe location. Do not use elevators unless directed to do so by authorized emergency personnel.

When a fire alarm sounds, Indiana law requires complete evacuation of the building. Follow the steps on the Evacuation page of this site, your building's evacuation plan, and the instructions of your floor and building wardens.

If smoke, heat or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. If there is a telephone in the room, notify the IU Police Department on your campus and inform them of your situation.

Report all fires, even those which have been extinguished, to the IU Police Department on your campus.

If the fire is small enough to be extinguished and you have had extinguisher training, use a portable fire extinguisher to put out the fire. If you have any doubts about the size of the fire or your ability to extinguish it, do not try. Evacuate! Never attempt to put out a fire yourself until someone has notified the authorities.

Report potential hazards to the appropriate Fire Protection or Campus Facility Services on your campus.

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