Fire

GENERAL TIPS
  • Become familiar with emergency escape routes before an incident (i.e. note locations of stairwells and emergency doors)
  • If the fire is small, and you are properly trained, use a fire extinguisher to control the fire
  • If you smell or see smoke/fire, pull the nearest fire alarm
  • Evacuate the building via the stairs— DO NOT use the elevators
  • Close doors behind you as you exit to confine the heat or smoke
  • Feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it—DO NOT open a door that is hot
  • If escape route is blocked, immediately shut the door and find an alternate escape route
  • If there is smoke, stay low to the ground
  • Call USC Police at 911
    • State the location of the fire
    • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher
  • Once outside, move away from the building
  • Keep the streets, fire lanes, fire hydrants and all walkways clear
  • Staff members:
    • Bring class/building roster with you
    • Take inventory of all personnel evacuated from the building
    • Report missing persons (and their last known location) to emergency personnel on scene
    • Return to the building only when permitted by emergency personnel allow
IF CAUGHT IN SMOKE
  • Drop to hands and knees, and crawl toward the exit
  • Stay low
  • Breathe shallowly through your nose
IF FORCED TO ADVANCE THROUGH FLAMES
  • Hold your breath
  • Move quickly
  • Cover your head and hair
  • Keep your head down and your eyes closed
IF TRAPPED AND UNABLE TO EVACUATE
  • Wedge wet towels or other cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep smoke out
  • Close any doors between you and the fire
  •  Call USC Police at 911
    • State your location
    • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher
  • If you are trapped and need air, break the window, but only as a last resort
  • Hang a towel from the window (this signals the firefighters that you are trapped)
  • If you are disabled and cannot use the stairs, get to the stairwell keeping doors closed, and have someone notify responding emergency personnel of your exact location