University of Vermont

Department of Risk Management & Safety

Reporting a Fire

Reporting a Fire

Should you discover a fire ACT QUICKLY:

  • Immediately exit the building.
  • Upon leaving, if it is safe to do so, close any door that could contain the fire.
  • Pull the fire alarm.
  • Find the nearest campus phone in a safe location and call 911. Give the UVM
    emergency dispatcher the exact location, nature of the fire and your name.


At the sound of the alarm, or when notified, leave the building immediately by the nearest safe exit and assemble with others AWAY from the building. Use the stairways to evacuate. Do not use elevators as they can stall, trapping you between floors, or they can open at the floor where the fire is burning and fill the elevator with smoke.

When outside the building, stay clear of building entrances so firefighters can enter unimpeded. Do not go back into the building for any reason until permission to do so is given by the Fire Department or UVM Police Services.

If you suspect there is a fire outside the room you are in, feel the doorknob or the door itself with the back of your hand. If the door is cool, kneel and brace yourself against it. (Pressure from a blazing fire can blow it open.) Open the door slowly and check the hallway for flames or heavy smoke.

If the hallway is clear, evacuate to the nearest stairway or exit. If smoke is present, but not heavy, crawl on your hands and knees to avoid heat and smoke. Always stay between the fire and an exit to avoid being trapped.

If your door is hot, don’t open it. Your room may be the safest place to be. Seal all cracks with wet towels or use tape. Shut off fans and air conditioners. Signal at your window. Call the fire department and wait to be rescued.

If your clothing catches fire, stay calm. Drop to the floor and roll to smother the flames. If a blanket, rug, coat or other material is available wrap yourself in it and then roll. Call for help. Under no circumstances should you run; running will only fan the fire.

Last modified February 06 2009 02:12 PM

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