Campus Safety /
A continuous emphasis is placed on fire prevention. However, when prevention fails, we must be prepared for evacuation to assure survival. A clear understanding of the characteristics of fire and smoke is essential for escape in a fire situation.
Take note that ceiling-level temperatures are hottest. Oxygen is burned at high levels first, so air is available on the floor. Smoke that is produced banks down to knee level and hovers there even in serious fires. If you remain in a prone position or crawl, you will likely be able to breath and even see across the floor to a fire exit or area of safety.
If you see an active fire, pull the nearest fire alarm as quickly as possible. If the fire alarm system fails, three short blasts of an air horn will be used as the backup alarm.