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Facilities Management and Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

Fire Drill Procedures


Residence Halls - must conduct two fire drills each semester, one during daytime hours, and one fire drill at night.  The drills should be conducted when the highest number of students can be expected to be inside of the residence hall.
Other Buildings / Facilities - must conduct a fire drill at least once per year.

Fire Drill Report (Adobe PDF Format)


Before the Drill

Building Coordinators will be responsible for arranging annual fire drills for their respective buildings.

Building safety coordinator or responsible person conducting the drill should notify the dept. heads, deans, directors, etc. in advance of the drill.  This is to avoid confusion and also so important meetings, classroom activities, tests, experiments, etc. can be scheduled appropriately.  The university police department and the Environmental Health & Safety Office should also be notified prior to the drill.  These notifications need to made at least one day prior to the drill.

Make sure that you know how to turn the fire alarm on and off.  Most pull stations have a screw or key that fits into the top section of the station.  This allows you to open the pull station.  Once the pull station is open the alarm can be operated manually.  If you are unsure of how to operate the system contact the Environmental Health & Safety Office.

Recruit helpers from the building for the drill.  Meet with them before the drill is started to make sure that the drill plans are reasonable.  Station helpers to monitor and time the evacuation of the building.  Make sure they record time and approximate number of people evacuated.

During the Drill

Carefully monitor the evacuation of your building along with your helpers.  Use the fire drill / building evacuation report to see what areas should be checked during and after the drill.

Be sure that no one enters the building during the drill.

Make sure that everyone in the building did evacuate the building.

Make sure that everyone is present and accounted for (you may want to designate on person from each floor or area of the building to be responsible for ensuring employees in their area have evacuated).

After the Drill

Make sure that no-one reenters the building until the alarm is turned off and you have deemed the building safe to reenter.

Complete the fire drill / building evacuation report.  Submit this report to the Environmental Health & Safety office.

Meet with building personnel to discuss results and ways to improve the evacuation procedures for your building.  This is what the fire drill is for.  Carefully and critically identify weaknesses and problems and develop better evacuation procedures.

Train building occupants on the new procedures developed from the drill.

Submit a copy of the detailed building evacuation plans and procedures to the Environmental Health and Safety Office.