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Fire Drill Safety

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Fire Drills

Fire Drill Safety

The Department of Risk Management, Safety and Sustainability’s (RMSS) goal is to help make the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire campuses safe to live, work and learn. To help ensure staff, faculty and students are aware of fire emergency situations and evacuation procedures, RMSS conducts fire drills once a year throughout all buildings on campus. 

When a fire alarm sounds, no matter if it is a planned drill or an actual incident, always take it seriously. Campus buildings shall be immediately and totally evacuated whenever the building fire alarm is activated. All occupants are required to leave the building and remain outside, preferably in the predetermined assembly area, until an all-clear signal is given by emergency personnel.

Evacuation Procedures

Drills are generally unannounced to mimic realistic fires, provide education and are observed for staff, faculty, and student responses. During an “Evacuation Drill”, students will be safely escorted along a designated evacuation route to one of our pre-determined evacuation sites.

  • If the fire alarm sounds, everyone is required to evacuate the building immediately.
  • Calmly exit the building through the nearest safe exit as quickly as possible and do not attempt to return for personal items.
  • Do not stand at various locations around the building. You are required to exit to the designated assembly point(s) as directed by the building staff.
  • Stop whatever you are doing and take your personal possessions quickly if necessary.
  • DO NOT WAIT! Walk to the nearest exit and go to the designated assembly point.
  • Proceed directly to your designated evacuation assembly area and await instructions from emergency responders.
  • Inform emergency responders of any known individuals who might still be inside the building.
  • If you are unable to exit, proceed to your designated area of rescue assistance, call 911, and wait for emergency responders to arrive.
  • Never re-enter the building until emergency responders say it is safe to do so.

If You Hear a Fire Alarm

Fire Pull Alarm
  1. Immediately evacuate the building via the shortest and safest route. Do not use elevators.
  2. Test doors with the back of your hand before opening them. If the door is warm or if you notice smoke, use an alternative escape route and close doors behind you.
  3. Crawl low if you must go through smoke.
  4. If you suspect that someone is missing or trapped, notify emergency staff.
  5. Block cracks, around the doors, to keep out smoke. Wait at a safe window and signal/call 911 and tell them exactly where you are located.
  6. STOP, DROP, and ROLL if your clothing catches fire.

Prepare an Evacuation

Follow the basic guidelines below to prepare yourself for a potential emergency evacuation and to keep yourself safe.

Fire Evacuation Safety
  • Know your building’s fire alarm system.
  • Identify at least 2 ways out of your building.
  • Know your evacuation assembly area.
  • If you will be unable to evacuate without assistance or the use of elevators, establish a plan and identify an area of rescue assistance.
  • Know emergency and other important telephone numbers.

It is important that all members of the campus take appropriate precautions to enhance their personal safety and security during fires and other emergencies.