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If You Discover Smoke or Fire

  • If it is safe to do so, remove everyone from immediate danger and close the door to confine smoke or fire.
  • Activate the building fire alarm at a pull station along your evacuation route.
  • If the fire is small enough and you are properly trained, take immediate action to control the fire with available firefighting equipment.
  • If leaving a room, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it. Do not open any door that feels hot.
  • Do not return to your area for personal belongings.
  • If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality of air is near the floor.
  • Proceed to the stairwell and exit to the ground floor.
  • After you are safely out of the danger area, dial 911 to notify the Tampa Fire Department. Also, contact Campus Safety.

If You Catch on Fire

  • STOP where you are,
  • DROP to the ground, and
  • ROLL over and over to smother the flames.

If You are Trapped and Cannot Evacuate

  • If available, wedge wet towels or cloth along the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
  • Close as many doors as possible between you and the fire.
  • Call 911 and notify the Tampa Fire Department of your problem and location. Also call Campus Safety.
  • If you are trapped in an area and need oxygen, only break a window as a last resort. Use extreme caution.

Response to Fire Alarms

  • If the alarm sounds and/or emergency strobes begin to blink, evacuate immediately.
  • Never assume a fire alarm is a false alarm.
  • Do not return for personal belongings.
  • Direct and assist visitors and persons with disabilities who appear to need direction or assistance.
  • Return to the building only when instructed by authorized personnel.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher


Pull the pin.
Aim the nozzle.
Squeeze the lever.
Sweep the agent.

How to use a fire extinguisher: Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep