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If you discover fire or smoke, Remember: R.A.C.E.

  • Rescue: Remove anyone from immediate danger.
  • Alarm: Activate the nearest fire alarm. 
  • Contain: Close all doors to confine smoke and fire. 
  • Extinguish/Evacuate: If the fire is small and you have been trained in fire extinguisher use, you can attempt to extinguish a fire. Otherwise, follow your Evacuation Plan and proceed to the nearest exit and designated area outside the building. (See Evacuation Collection Areas for a list of suggested collection sites).


If you catch on fire, DO NOT RUN!

  • Stop where you are, and
  • Drop to the ground, and
  • Roll over and over to smother flames.


Response to fire alarms or explosion

  • Remain calm. 
  • Evacuate and stay with your class or office group. 
  • Remember to take your class roster with you to the designated area. 
  • Once you have reached the designated area, report any missing person(s) to University Police. 
  • Only return to the building when directed by University Police.


Evacuation reminders

  • If leaving a room, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it. Do not open any door that feels hot. 
  • Do not return to your area for personal belongings. 
  • If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality air is near the floor. 
  • Use stairway or horizontal exit to evacuate. 
  • Do not use the elevators! 
  • Consider individuals with disabilities that may need assistance evacuating. Individuals with disabilities should exit to the next building or outside by horizontal egress (when available) or otherwise to a stairway landing (considered an area of rescue). See Evacuation Procedures for more information. 
  • Never allow the fire to come between you and the exit. 
  • University Police monitor all fire alarm signals and will respond.


If you are trapped in your office/classroom

  • Wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out smoke. 
  • Try to close as many doors between you and the fire as possible. 
  • Report your location to University Police at (859) 572-7777 or by dialing 911 (identify yourself as an NKU employee or student). 
  • Stay close to the ground and yell for help.


If there is an explosion

  • Do Not Panic.
  • If you are uninjured or capable of walking, evacuate the building (see Evacuation Procedures).
  • If you are injured and unable to leave the area, stay calm and help will come to you as quickly as possible.
  • If you are in an excluded area or are buried in rubble, make noises or yell to get the attention to emergency workers.
  • As some bombs may include chemical or biological agents, it is important that you do not leave the campus and avoid contact with people not involved with the incident.