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If you see a fire or smell smoke:

  • Activate the closest fire alarm pull station along your evacuation route.

  • Notify others as you leave.

  • Call Campus Security at ext. 6911 or (615) 460-6911 and report the emergency after you are out of the building and safe.

  • If the fire is small enough, you may attempt to extinguish it with a portable fire extinguisher, ONLY IF: If the alarm sounds and/or emergency strobes begin to blink, evacuate immediately.

    • The fire alarm pull station has been activated
    • Campus Security at ext. 6911 or (615) 460-6911 has been notified
    • You are properly trained Response to the Fire Alarm
  • Never assume that a fire alarm is a false alarm. 

  • Exit the area immediately

  • Attempt to maintain a calm and orderly exit.

  • Close all doors as you leave, taking keys and medications with you if possible. DO NOT delay evacuation to retrieve these items.  Do not prop doors open.

  • If leaving a room, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it. Do not open any door that feels hot.

  • If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality air is near the floor.

  • Always use the stairs to exit upper floors.

  • Do not use the elevator.

  • Once the building is evacuated, do not re-enter it for any reason. Return to the building only when instructed to do so by emergency responders or administrators.

  • Do not return for personal belongings. 

  • Direct and assist visitors and persons with disabilities who appear to need direction or assistance.

  • Notify Campus Security ext. 6911 or (615) 460-6911 that a fire has occurred after you exit the building.

If you are trapped and cannot evacuate: 

  • Close any doors between you and the fire.

  • If available, wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.

  • Call Campus Security at ext. 6911 or (615) 460-6911 and notify the dispatcher of your location.

  • Remain on the phone with the dispatcher as long as possible.

  • Break a window only as a last resort, such as needing oxygen to breathe.

  • Use caution when breaking any window.