Advance Planning

Advance Planning
  • Know the location of fire extinguishers and fire alarms in your area (if any) ahead of time and how to use them. Fire alarms are usually located at or near the exit.
  • If you have not had fire extinguisher training and want to be trained, call Public Safety at 601.977.7857.
  • Be familiar with at least TWO fire exits in your area in case one is blocked or unusable.
  • If you have had fire extinguisher training and are comfortable using one, remember PASS:
    (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep).

Pull the pin (remember - you must pull out the pin to discharge the fire extinguisher).

Aim the nozzle at the base of the flames.

Squeeze the trigger.

Sweep the nozzle back and forth across the base of the flames.

Upon Discovery of a Small Fire (about the size of a basketball)
1. Call Public Safety at ext. 7857.

a. Then pull the nearest fire alarm (if available in your building).

b. Give a verbal alarm to others in the area if a fire alarm is not available.

2. Prepare to extinguish.

a. At about 8 to 10 feet from the fire, promptly direct the charge of a fire extinguisher toward the base of the flames and sweep from side to side.
*Remember: Most fire extinguishers last only 30 seconds or less. Get help if needed.

Upon Discovery of a Large Fire
1. Call Public Safety at ext. 7857.

a. Activate the fire alarm and give verbal alarm to others. Fire alarms are generally located near the exits.

b. Evacuate the building, alerting people as you go. Seek and assist persons in your area who are limited in their mobility or who may need some additional assistance in evacuating

c. Exit using the stairways only. DO NOT USE ELEVATORS. 

d. Close all doors leading to the main hallways to prevent further spread of the fire. NEVER prop stairwell doors open.

e. Once outside direct everyone to your building assembly area.

f. Keep roadways and walkways clear for emergency vehicles. Remain upwind from smoke and fumes.

g. Wait for further instructions from Campus Security or emergency personnel. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO by Public Safety or properly identified emergency personnel.
*If clothes are on fire, drop to the floor and roll. Smother the fire with a blanket, rug or heavy coat. Call for help.