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Staying Safe on Campus

East Tennessee State University

Fire Safety

fire iconIf you encounter a fire:

  • Alert others and pull the closest fire alarm.
  • Evacuate the building.

    • Do not use the elevator.
    • Grab your purse/wallet/keys.
    • Close all doors behind you as you leave.
    • Help those needing assistance.
    • Evacuate to your building assembly point.
    • Do not re-enter the building until the fire department or police makes the all-clear 
  • Call 911.

    • Provide as much additional information as you can, such as where the fire 
      is (building name and address) and if there are people inside.
    • Self report basic personal information to emergency response personnel for tracking


Could you extinguish a fire?

  • For a small fire, try to extinguish it. (See below for extinguisher directions)

  • Do NOT use an extinguisher if:

    • You are not comfortable putting out the fire.
    • Heavy smoke is filling the room or it is difficult to breathe.
    • Your escape route could be blocked.
    • The fire is large or spreading rapidly (larger than a trashcan).
    • The fire is partially hidden behind a wall or ceiling.
    • There are hazardous materials (flammable liquids) present.
  • If the above listed conditions exist, close any doors present and evacuate instead.


How to extinguish a fire:

  • Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher.

  • Aim the hose at the base of the fire.

  • Squeeze the trigger.

  • Sweep the hose from side to side at the base of the fire.


EH&S offers fire extinguisher training classes. If you are interested in attending, please contact EH&S at 439-6028.
ETSU Fire Safety Report



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