Fires or Explosions

Each year college and university students experience fire-related emergencies on campus. There are several specific causes for fires on college campuses which can occur in classrooms, kitchen areas, and labs to name a few. There are three excellent tools available for our students, faculty and staff to become more safety minded. It is always a good idea to have some understanding of what can cause fire injuries, how to prevent them from occurring, and what to do in the event of a fire.

Typical combustible materials inside buildings include

Materials such as

  • wood
  • paper
  • rags
  • clothing
  • plastics
  • chemicals
  • flammable liquids
  • gases
  • dusts

Some parts of buildings which may be combustible

  • floors
  • partitions
  • roofs

Typical combustible materials outside of buildings include

  • dry leaves
  • grass and brush


  • Any open flame that is unattended
  • Electrical shortage
  • Smoke detection

What to do in the event of a fire

  • Call 911 and give the exact location, extent of the fire, and any special circumstances that could be hazardous, such as chemicals or faulty equipment.
  • Evacuate area & pull fire alarm. This will alert everyone in the building and DPS.
  • Use nearest exit or alternate safe route. Do not use the elevators.
  • Individuals needing assistance during an evacuation are encouraged to develop personal action to their rescue assistance plan, and contacts within their building.
  • Stay 500 feet away from the building. Do not return until the “all clear” is given.
  • If you have a fire in your building you can also contact the building coordinator.

What to do in the event of an explosion

  • Get under a sturdy table or desk if things are falling around you. When they stop falling leave quickly.
  • Do not use elevators
  • Once you are out of the building do not stand in front of windows, glass doors, or other potentially hazardous areas.