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Emergency Procedures / Fire or Explosion

Fire and Explosion


  • Contact Campus Police by dialing 8888 from a campus phone or (919) 760-8888 from any other phone.
  • Fire: Evacuate to an assembly area.
  • Explosion: (1) Take cover (2) Assist the injured (3) Evacuate to an assembly area.

Evacuation Procedures:

  • Maintain a way to exit the room.
  • Stay low. Avoid smoke and fumes.
  • Once outside, move to an Evacuation Assembly Point.
  • Campus Police and the Fire Department will respond to the scene.
  • Small Fire Procedures:
  • Avoid personal injury and excessive risks.
  • Alert people in the immediate area and activate the alarm.
  • Call Campus Police at 8888.
  • Smother fire or use nearest fire extinguisher.

Operating a Fire Extinguisher

  • Pull the pin.
  • Aim extinguisher hose at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever.
  • Sweep from side to side.

What to Do If You Are Trapped in a Building

  • Place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside a window as a marker for rescue crews.
  • If there is no window, stay near the floor.
  • Shout at regular intervals to alert rescue crews of your location.
  • Do not panic.
  • If the door is warm, do not open it.
  • If smoke is entering through cracks around the door, stuff something in the cracks to slow the flow.



Contact Information:

Ann Gleason, chair of Meredith’s Incident Response Team
(919) 760-8521
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