In the Event of a Fire or Fire Alarm Activation

Exit the Area Immediately

  • Close all doors as you leave, taking keys and medications with you, if possible. DO NOT delay evacuation to retrieve these items.
  • Activate the closest fire alarm pull station along your evacuation route.
  • Notify others as you leave.
  • Call the JSU Police Department at 256-782-5050 or 911 and report the emergency after you are out of the building and safe.
  • If the fire is small enough, you may attempt to extinguish it with a portable fire extinguisher, ONLY IF:
    • The fire alarm pull station has been activated
    • The University Police has been notified at 256-782-5050
    • You are properly trained
  • If leaving a room, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it. Do not open any door that feels hot.
  • If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality air is near the floor.
  • Always use the stairs to exit upper floors.
  • DO NOT use the elevator.
  • Once the building is evacuated, do not re-enter it for any reason. Return to the building ONLY when instructed to do so by emergency responders or administrators.
  • DO NOT return for personal belongings.
  • Direct and assist visitors and persons with disabilities who appear to need direction or assistance.
  • Call the JSU Police Department at 256-782-5050 or 911 and tell them that a fire has occurred AFTER you exit the building.

If You Are Trapped and Cannot Evacuate

  • Close any doors between you and the fire.
  • If available, wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
  • Call the JSU Police Department at 256-782-5050 or 911 and notify the dispatcher of your location.
  • Remain on the phone with the dispatcher as long as possible.
  • Break a window only as a last resort, such as needing oxygen to breathe.
  • Use caution when breaking any window.

Response to Fire Alarms

  • If the alarm sounds and/ or emergency strobes begin to blink, evacuate immediately.
  • NEVER assume that a fire alarm is a false alarm.

Last Updated: 2017