Fire Protection

Check Smoke Alarms

  • FEMA has a great resource for making sure your smoke alarm is functioning correctly
  • In Residence Halls, smoke alarms connect to the electrical system and UPD Dispatch.
  • In off-campus housing, make sure landlord has installed smoke detectors. Install new batteries at the beginning of each year.

Take Fire Alarms Seriously

  • NEVER ignore fire alarms
  • NEVER wait to see fire or smoke
  • Do NOT worry about grabbing your stuff
  • Close the door behind you
  • Crawl on the floor if smoke is thick
  • If you can't get out, go to a window and call for help
  • Tampering with smoke alarms, pulling false alarms or misusing fire protection equipment is a crime

Plan Escape Routes

  • Know where all exits are located in your building
  • Know TWO exits from anywhere you sleep
  • Practice your escape plan

Using a Portable Fire Extinguisher

Remember to P.A.S.S

  • Pull the pin
  • Aim at the base of the fire
  • Squeeze the lever
  • Sweep side to side

Only attempt to fight a fire if:

  • Everyone has left or is leaving the building;
  • The fire department has been called;
  • The fire is confined to a small area, such as a wastebasket size;
  • You can keep an exit to your back; and
  • Your extinguisher is the proper size and type for the fire at hand and you know how to use it.


Depart immediately, and leave the fire for the fire department.