Fire Safety

The university urges everyone to remain vigilant of fire and fire risks. All fires, even once extinguished, should be immediately reported to 911.

What to know

  • Locations of fire extinguisher(s) in the workplace;
  • The nearest emergency exit and stairs;
  • The nearest fire alarm activation device;
  • Fire hazards in the workplace: appliances, extension cords, electronic devices, storage, open flames, flammable materials.

What to do if there is a fire

  1. If it is a small fire, find the nearest fire extinguisher and follow the proper directions for use. Do so only if safe.
  2. Activate the nearest fire alarm.
  3. If the fire is too large, evacuate using the nearest exit. Do not use elevators.
  4. Ensure all persons in the vicinity are alerted to evacuate.
  5. Dial 911 to report the fire's location.
  6. Call FD&O at (408) 924-1990 to report the fire after calling 911.

Evacuation Procedures

  • Do not panic; exit the area calmly and avoid creating a crush or stampede situation.
  • Do not use elevators in case of power failure resulting in the elevators to stop functioning. Use the stairs if able.
  • Evacution chairs are available for those experiencing mobility issues on stairs.
  • Close all doors, but do not lock, to isolate and enclose the fire. This prevents the spread of smoke or fire while the fire department reports to the affected area.
  • Assemble at your department's designated meeting location; do not re-enter the building unless instructed by safety personnel that it is safe to do so.


Extension Cord Safety [pdf]