Fire Drills and Alarms

To comply with state and local regulations, fire drills are conducted by Police Services in the academic buildings and residential buildings once a month.

Here's what to do if a fire alarm sounds:

  • Feel the door to see if it is hot.  If hot, do not open!  Go to a window and make your presence known.  If the door is warm, put weight against the door and open slowly.  If safe, evacuate.
  • If you are in a residence hall and if it is safe enough, knock on the doors around you to alert other residents before leaving the building.
  • Calmly and quickly exit the building by the nearest exit.
  • Once outside, move away from the exit so that emergency crews can get into the building unimpeded.
  • Do not re-enter the building until there has been an "all clear" message delivered by Police Services or a fire department official. 

Everyone must exit the building in the event of a fire alarm (whether it is a drill or not).  If you remain inside a building with a fire alarm, you are risking your safety and the safety of others.

For an emergency, dial 911.