Fire, Smoke, Explosion


  • Know where the emergency exits and fire alarm pull stations are in your building.
  • Know at least two ways out of your building or off of your floor.
  • Know where the stairs are.


  • When you hear the fire alarm, evacuate! Do not assume it is a drill or false alarm.
  • Check your evacuation route for smoke. If unsafe, take an alternate route.


  1. Notify Yale Police calling 203-432-4400, by using a blue campus phone, or calling 911. Give the location of the fire (building, room number).
  2. Sound fire alarm immediately (if not already sounding) by activating a pull station.
  3. If alarm fails to operate, warn nearby occupants by knocking on doors and shouting warnings.
  4. Immediately evacuate the building:
    • Unless told otherwise by building announcements or emergency officials, go to your predetermined assembly location.*
  5. Begin to account for evacuated occupants; report any missing people to emergency officials as soon as possible.*
  6. Do not re-enter the building until emergency officials declare it safe.
  7. Note that trained individuals may attempt to use a portable fire extinguisher only after making emergency notification.

*Planning discussion necessary by your department, unit, college, or school