Washington State University
SAFETY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL

FIRE SAFETY
8.20
Revised 8-06
WSU Fire Marshal
335-8548
Emergency
911

Reporting Fires and Fire Survival

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INITIAL RESPONSE PROCEDURES

Immediately, upon discovering a fire in the workplace:

Fire Alarm

Activate the building fire alarm system.

Actions

Determine whether to fight the fire or leave the area.

Fight Fire

WSU personnel may elect to attempt to fight the fire if the fire is small and can be successfully extinguished by means of a fire extinguisher (see 8.22), baking soda, or smothering with a blanket or coat (preferably wool).

Rule of Thumb

If the flame height exceeds four feet, do not attempt to fight the fire. The type of combustible involved and the extent of the fire may also preclude fighting a fire with smaller flames.

Report Fire

Report the fire to the local area fire department even if it is successfully extinguished and little or no damage is done.

Sealing Off Area

If the fire is too large to fight, close the doors and windows to the involved area. This action compartmentalizes the fire, robbing it of necessary oxygen and making it more difficult to spread to other parts of the building.

TELEPHONE REPORT

Go to the nearest safe area and telephone 911.

Dialing 911 connects the caller with the Emergency Communications Operator (ECO).

Remain calm. Relay the following information about the fire:

After relaying the information, DO NOT HANG UP ON THE ECO. The operator may require more information. Let the ECO hang up on you.

EVACUATION

Exiting the Building

NOTE: Building occupants are required to leave the building when the fire alarm sounds. Persons remaining in the building are in violation of the International Fire Code and may be found guilty of a misdemeanor.

Follow the predetermined evacuation plan for the work area.

When exiting:

Be available (or make sure someone else is available) to give firefighters as much information about the fire as possible. Be factual, calm, and brief.

Handicapped Employees

Departments with handicapped employees are to contact the WSU Fire Marshal and/or the local area fire deparment prior to an emergency. The WSU Fire Marshal and local area fire departments provide assistance with organizing plans to evacuate handicapped departmental employees. See 8.27.

PROCEDURE IF TRAPPED BY FIRE

If trapped in the work area: