• Cook only where allowed.
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  • Do not overload outlets.
  • Use only surge protected power strips.


If You Encounter a Fire or Smoke

  • Alert others and pull the closest fire alarm.
  • Evacuate the building:
    • Do not use the elevator.
    • Grab your purse/wallet/keys.
    • Close all doors behind you as you leave.
    • Evacuate to your building assembly point (located at least 200 feet away from the building). Assembly points are designated for UT buildings on signs located near elevators and exits. Visit the Functional Needs Emergency Information page if you need evacuation assistance.
    • Do not re-enter the building until emergency responders have given the all-clear.


  • Call 911.
    • Provide as much additional information as you can, such as where the fire (building name and address) is and if there are people inside.
    • Self-report basic personal information to emergency response personnel for tracking.


Should You Extinguish a Fire?

  • For a small fire, try to extinguish it. (See below for extinguisher directions)
  • Do NOT use an extinguisher if:
    • You are not comfortable putting out the fire.
    • Heavy smoke is filling the area or it is difficult to breathe.
    • Your escape route could be blocked.
    • The fire is large (larger than a trashcan) or spreading rapidly.
    • The fire is partially hidden behind a wall or ceiling.
    • There are hazardous materials (flammable liquids) present.
  • If the above listed conditions exist, close any doors present and evacuate instead.

How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

  1. Pull the pin at the top of the extinguisher.
  2. Aim the hose at the base of the fire.
  3. Squeeze the metal handle.
  4. Sweep the hose from side to side at the base of the fire.


This video was created by the Fire Equipment Manufacturers’ Association.