Fire or Explosion

If you discover a fire, explosion, or smoke in a building, activate the nearest fire alarm and proceed to evacuate.

  • Leave the building immediately using the closest emergency exit.
  • Close doors behind you. Do not lock any doors.
  • Warn others as you exit.
  • Call 9-1-1 when safe to do so.
  • Move to a safe location away from building(s). If you are the caller, make contact with emergency personnel when they arrive on scene.
  • Only re-enter the building when instructed by public safety officials.
  • Do not assume an alarm is false.
  • Do not use elevators.

If smoke, heat, or flames block your exit routes, stay in the room with the door closed. Call 9-1-1 to report your location if you have access to a phone.

Only trained individuals should attempt to use a fire extinguisher. If trained and the fire is small and contained, use a fire extinguisher. While portable fire extinguishers are provided, it is not the responsibility of building occupants to perform fire suppression activities. Those who choose to use an extinguisher do so at their own risk.

Report all fires, even those which have been extinguished, to the UConn Fire Department by calling 9-1-1.