Fire, Smoke & Explosion

In the event of fire, smoke, or an explosion:
  • Alert those around you to the hazard
  • Evacuate the room, closing doors behind you as you leave
  • Manually activate the fire alarm system as you exit the building
  • Exit and move away from the building – DO NOT USE ELEVATORS
    • If you encounter smoke, stay low and if necessary use your secondary escape route
  • Call 911 from a safe location. Tell the dispatcher:
    • Name of the building
    • Location of the fire
    • Description of the fire
  • ALL fires, including extinguished fires, occurring on Cornell campus property must be reported.
    • On the Ithaca campus notify Cornell Police by calling 607-255-1111
    • At Cornell AgriTech notify Cornell EHS at Cornell AgriTech by calling 315-787-2350
If your clothing is on fire
  • Stop – Drop to the ground or floor and Roll to smother flames.
  • Smother flames using a fire blanket.
  • Drench with water from a safety shower or other source.
  • Seek medical attention for all burns and injuries.
If you are trapped in a building
  • If possible, take shelter in a room with an outside window
  • Close all doors and windows
  • Use clothing, towels, or paper to block around the door or over vents to keep smoke out
  • Stay low in smoke
  • If there is a telephone, call 911 to report your location and situation
  • Signal to rescuers and people outside the building by waving clothing and other light colored objects.  Stay where rescuers can see you.
  • Remain calm, stay low, and be patient.
Fire Extinguishers
  • If you have been trained and it is safe to do so, you may use one extinguisher to attempt to extinguish the fire
  • Only attempt to extinguish small fires
  • Make sure you have a clear escape path
  • If you have not been trained to use a fire extinguisher you must EVACUATE immediately