Emergency Evacuation of Buildings
If a fire, chemical spill, natural gas leak or similar emergency
causes injury or threatens people on a building wide basis,
the person discovering the problem should warn occupants of
the building or area by activating the
When the fire alarm is sounding, all
occupants of the building should:
1. Proceed to the nearest exit, or if necessary, to an alternate
exit by following EXIT signs.
2. Close doors as you leave your area (except if there is
a natural gas leak).
3. In the course of an emergency evacuation DO NOT
USE THE ELEVATORS; they are not reliable if the
building power is lost.
4. Once outside the building, stay clear of all entrances
DO NOT REENTER THE BUILDING FOR ANY REASON.
5. Call UVM Police at 911 and explain the reason for evacuation.
Have a person knowledgeable of the situation meet the arriving
7. Assemble with other occupants at a convenient location.
8. UVM Police or the Fire Department will permit re-entry,
once the building is considered safe, by turning off the fire
Note: Fire extinguishers should be used only
by trained individuals. It is better to call UVM Police
immediately upon discovering a fire than to try to extinguish
a fire beyond your control. If you decide to use a fire extinguisher,
be sure to leave yourself an escape route, so that you do not
endanger your own safety. Do not try to extinguish a fire larger
than a waste basket.
Questions concerning laboratory emergency
plans should be directed to Environmental Safety at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(*Adapted from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Office of
Laboratory Safety web site.)
October 12, 2006