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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Fire Evacuation Procedures

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At the first indication of a fire, whether it is a persistent smoke or fire alarm, smoke, or flames, follow the below procedure.

If You See a Fire

  • Leave the area immediately.
  • Contact the fire department at (9-911) and/or University Security (2111).

When the Fire Alarm Sounds

  • Always assume there is a fire. Don't ignore it.
  • If time permits, take a jacket and shoes, and a towel to cover your face.
  • Stay low and crawl to your door. Smoke fills a room from the ceiling down.
  • Test the door with the back of your hand.
  • If the door is hot, keep the door closed and stay in the room.
  • If the door is cool, open it slowly. Walk quickly and calmly to the ground level, closing all doors behind you. Do not us an elevator. An elevator may open at a floor on fire or stop working, trapping you inside.
  • If there is smoke in the hallway, crawl to the stairs. Count the doors as you go so you do not get lost. If the smoke and heat are too great, try an alternate escape route. If both escape routes are blocked, return to your room.

If You are Trapped Inside Your Room

  • Close the door between you and the fire.
  • Stop up cracks and vents to keep smoke and toxic gases out.
  • Put a wet cloth over your nose and wait at a window.
  • Open the window a few inches for fresh air. Do not break the glass.
  • Hang a sheet or some other article out your window to sign the fire department.
  • Do not panic. Do not jump. Wait for help.

Once You Have Evacuated the Area

  • Notify civil authorities of anyone that may not be able to physically respond to the fire alarm or use sound judgment to evacuate the area (e.g. wheelchair users of someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs).
  • Do not reenter the building until you are told to do so by civil authorities.

If Your Clothes Catch Fire

  • Stop, do not run.
  • Drop to the ground or floor immediately and cover your face with your hands.
  • Roll over back and forth to smother the flames.