Procedures To Follow

Life Safety and Confinement

  • If the fire is burning over an area too large for the fire to be suffocated quickly and simply, immediately, evacuate the area.
  • Shut doors behind you to confine the fire and smoke.
  • Do not delay your evacuation to retrieve any materials, personal possessions, etc., before evacuating.

Notification and Evacuation

  • Pull the nearest fire alarm to evacuate the building and alert emergency personnel.
  • Immediately leave the building via the stairs.
  • Do not use the elevators!
  • Go to your pre-determined gathering point or remain at a distance of at least 200 feet from the building.
  • Wait for emergency personnel and provide them with any details you may know about the fire.
  • Information regarding Evacuation of Disabled Persons
  • If you are a supervisor, try to account for your employees and report any missing persons to the emergency personnel at the scene.
  • Do not re-enter the building until directed to do so by emergency response personnel.


  • After others building occupants have been notified to evacuate, you may stay and attempt to extinguish small fires from a position from which you can escape provided you have been trained in the proper use of fire extinguishers and you are confident that you will be successful. RMS periodically conducts hands-on fire extinguisher training classes. Call 621-1790 for more information.
  • Do not risk your life to fight a fire! Toxic gases, smoke and oxygen deficiency may be present during a fire.

Information to Know When Calling 9-1-1

  • Location of incident
  • Possible cause of incident
  • Your location
  • Your phone number
  • Floors affected
  • Noises before or after you smelled smoke and/or heard explosion/ audible alarm

Training Available


| Subject matter expert: Risk Management – Updated: April 2023