Fire, since its discovery has been both a friend and a foe. In less than 30 seconds, a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It can destroy everything in its path including people. Knowing what to do in the event of a fire can mean the difference between life and death.
If the fire alarm is activated it means to evacuate the building immediately. Never assume it is a drill. If you ignore a fire alarm, you could end up trapped inside a burning building.
Never use the elevator to get out of a burning building - always use the stairs. You could become trapped and some elevators stop working in the event of a fire.
R - Rescue anyone in immediate danger
A - Alert others by activating the building fire alarm and call for help.
C - Contain the fire by closing the doors to the affected area.
E - Extinguish the fire using the proper fire extinguisher if you have been trained in its use and the fire is small and contained. Otherwise, evacuate immediately.
Always know at least two ways out of a building.
If you or your clothes catch on fire STOP, DROP and ROLL.
Please remember that under Florida’s 1994 Clean Indoor Air Act, NFPA 1, Uniform Fire Code (Florida 2005 Ed.), as well as the University’s No Smoking Policy, smoking is prohibited inside any University owned or operated facility, including fire exits access, fire exits, and the fire exits discharge areas.
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Want to know more about a hazardous chemical and how to avoid exposure? Material safety data sheets (MSDS) for specific chemicals are now available to UM students, faculty and staff. Simply go to our website
and click on the MSDS link located at the bottom of the page.
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