Safety tip: Fire drill best practices (February 6, 2019 Hotline)

Safety tip: Fire drill best practices

Each new semester, we greet many new students, faculty, visitors and staff at NMSU. The Emergency Planning Committee reminds you to become familiar with the buildings you visit. Know more than one way out in case of an emergency.

The NMSU Fire Department conducts fire drills throughout the year at unannounced times. Even though they are drill, they are very important because through practice students, faculty, visitors and staff will learn what to do and how to behave in an emergency. We always try to be respectful when planning these drills but know that at times you can be inconvenienced. Fire is not a respecter of time.

Here are some steps to follow:

  • Stop whatever you are doing and calmly proceed to the nearest exit.
  • Do not run or panic. Joking can cause panic and may cause injuries.
  • Do not gather personal belongings or keepsakes. Take your keys, cellphone and get out.
  • Meet outside in a pre-designated location and try to account for everyone. If anyone is missing, or thought to be inside, then let the firefighters know when they arrive.
  • Closed the door(s) on the way out. This will prevent the spread of smoke and fire.
  • If for some reason you cannot exit, then get to a phone and call 911.
  • Provide the 911 dispatcher with the appropriate information. State your emergency and physical location.
  • Do not re-enter a building even if the alarm is no longer active. Emergency personnel may silence the alarm while they investigate. Only re-enter after the building is declared safe by the Fire Department.

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