Fire Safety

Fire Drill Information

When you hear the fire alarm:

    • If it is possible to do so without placing yourself at risk gather your keys, purse and coat as you leave the area
    • Close office and classroom doors as you leave
    • Evacuate using the closest safe exit

When you get outside, move away from the exit. If you are aware that someone may still be in the building either let campus police or the fire department know. Stay out of the building until the campus police or the fire department say it is safe to re-enter

Fire Safety Information

If there is a fire:

  1. Sound the alarm: If you discover or suspect a fire, sound the building fire alarm.
  2. Leave the building: Everyone must exit the building immediately when the fire alarm sounds. If it is possible to do so without placing yourself at risk:
        • gather your keys, purse, and coat as you leave the area.
        • Move to a meeting place away from the building and out of the way of the fire department.
        • Stay outside of the building until the fire department or campus police say it is safe to re-enter.

             Emergency Action Plan

To survive a building fire:

  1. Crawl if there is smoke: If you get caught in smoke, get down and crawl. Cleaner, cooler air will be near the floor. Cover your nose and mouth with cloth. Get low-And go.
  2. Feel doors before opening: Before opening any doors, feel the door. If it is warm, don’t open it. If it is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke are present, close the door and stay in the room.
  3. Go to the nearest stairway or exit: If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat, or smoke, go to another exit. Always use an exit stairway, not an elevator. Elevator shafts may fill with smoke or the power may fail, leaving you trapped. Stairway fire doors will keep out fire and smoke-if they are closed-and will protect you until you get outside.
  4. Close as many doors as possible as you leave.  This helps to confine the fire.

Total and immediate evacuation is safest.  Do not try to fight the fire.

  1.  Protect yourself: 
    • Familiarize yourself with the emergency exits.
    • Know two ways out.
    • Leave immediately when the alarm sounds.
    • Let the  fire department or campus police know if you think someone has not evacuated the building.
  2. If you have a disability:
    • Plan ahead for fire emergencies,
    • Be aware of your own capabilities and limitations.
    • Plan for assistance in the event of an emergency.
    • Look for “areas of refuge” like stair enclosures or the other side of corridor fire doors.
    • Do not use elevators or try to descend stairs in a wheelchair.
  3. Fire Safety and Preventing Fires:
    • Do not overload electrical outlets.
    • Have damaged electrical cords replaced.
    • Burning of candles is not allowed.
    • Do not obstruct any exit ways.
    • Do not prop open stairwell doors.
    • Report damaged fire equipment to Environmental Health and Safety ext. 4575.


Indiana University South Bend

1700 Mishawaka Ave
South Bend, IN 46615
Phone: 574-520-4872