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.
- 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 of Mobility Impaired 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.