Procedures during a Fire
Fire alarms are indicated by strobe lights that read “Fire” and the continuous sounding of alarm horns or verbal instructions through the alarm system.
Notify University Police or the fire department immediately if you become aware of smoke or a fire and follow these steps:
- Activate the building’s fire alarm at a pull station as you evacuate the building. Fire alarms feature flashing strobe lights and horns that sound continuously or may feature spoken instructions.
- Make certain that the building’s alarm has been sounded. Evacuate the building following the established building evacuation procedures
- Call 911 from a safe location or use an emergency call box to report the exact location of the fire. Provide the following information if possible:
- Name of the building
- Location of the fire within the building
- A description of the fire and (if known) how it started
Follow these instructions if you become trapped in a building during a fire:
- Stay calm and take the steps necessary to protect yourself.
- Move to a room with an outside window if possible.
- Call 911 if you have access to a telephone and tell the police dispatcher where you are. Do this even if you can see emergency personnel from a window.
- Stay where rescuers can see you through a window, and wave a light-colored item to attract their attention.
- Stuff clothing, towels, or paper around the cracks of the door to keep smoke from reaching you.
- Open the window at the top and bottom if possible. Be ready to shut the window quickly if smoke rushes in.
- Be patient. Rescue efforts will take time within large structures.
Be prepared for a fire by making the following preparations:
- Identify each building’s fire exits.
- Find the alarm pull stations in your area of the building and know how to use them.
Fire-Life Safety Equipment
Sprinkler systems and water-flow detection devices are present in most of the buildings on campus. Water pressure in these detection devices is monitored by University Police, and changes automatically trigger a response by the fire department.
Smoke detectors are provided where required. Battery-powered smoke detectors in on-campus student housing with a low-battery signal (a chirping sound at approximately one-minute intervals) should be reported to residence hall management at 260-481-4180.
Manually activated alarm pull stations are located at the exit points in all buildings.
If any sprinkler, heat detector, or alarm pull station is activated, an alarm will sound throughout the building. A strobe light above the fire alarm will flash to alert people with hearing impairments. Most smoke detectors will also activate the building’s alarm. The location and type of device that was activated will be indicated on the central station monitoring equipment at Campus Credentials and Transportation. This will reduce the amount of time spent locating an emergency area.
Fire alarm systems may cause elevators to come to a halt on the main floor. Do not use the elevators to evacuate a building.
Emergency lighting is provided in some buildings. The lighting will activate automatically in a power failure and will stay lit for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Illuminated exit signs are provided throughout the buildings.
Nonemergency Contact Information
University Police: 260-481-6827
Radiologic and Environmental Management: 260-481-4193
Facilities Management: 260-481-6832
If you are outdoors and hear a siren, go indoors. If you are indoors and hear a siren, go outdoors.
Pull the fire alarm.
CALL 911. Leave the building, close doors behind you.
If unable to exit the building, go to the nearest stairwell or place of refuge. Do not use elevators.
Assemble in designated area.