Western Michigan University general evacuation procedures
- A fire can double in size every 30 seconds.
- It can reach temperatures over 1,000 degrees in 90 seconds.
- One breath of superheated 150-degree air can sear one’s lungs.
- Using the wrong type of fire extinguisher can make matters worse.
- Approximately 85 percent of the time, it’s the smoke inhalation that kills.
Before a fire
- Know at least two evacuation routes.
- Locate fire alarm pulls and extinguishers.
- Be familiar with RED: React, Evaluate, Decide.
Responding to a fire
- Pull the alarm if you discover a fire.
- When you hear the fire alarm, get out of the building using the nearest and safest exit.
- Go to the re-assembly area and let your professor, supervisor, or emergency or building coordinator know you are there.
- Do not go back into the building until the fire department or public safety says it’s safe to do so.