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Evacuation Procedures

Staff should familiarise themselves with the following procedures as well as reading the University’s Fire Safety Policy. Staff should also make themselves aware of their nearest fire alarm call points, fire action notices and fire exits in their usual place of work, as well as an alternative means of escape. 


On discovering a fire:

Any person discovering a fire, irrespective of size, or suspecting a fire, shall:

  1. Raise the alarm using the nearest break glass fire alarm call point
  2. Do not attempt the fight the fire unless the fire prevents a safe means of escape, you are absolutely certain that it is safe to do so and you are confident in using the correct fire fighting equipment.
  3. Make sure other occupants within your vicinity are aware of the situation and assist those who are unfamiliar with the evacuation procedure or building. 


On hearing the fire alarm:

On hearing the continuous sounding of the alarm, all persons shall:

  1. Evacuate the building immediately using the nearest designated fire exit, closing doors and windows (if safe to do so) as you leave the building. DO NOT USE LIFTS.
  2. Assist those who are unfamiliar with the evacuation procedures or building. Any persons with a mobility difficulty should be escorted to the nearest refuge point to await instruction.
  3. Obey any instructions given by Fire Marshals or Campus Operatives and gather at the suggested assembly point as indicated on the fire action notices (located on exit routes) or campus map.
  4. Inform the Fire Marshal of any persons that may still be in the building.
  5. DO NOT RE-ENTER THE BUILDING UNTIL TOLD TO DO SO by a Fire Marshal, Campus Operative or member of the Fire Service.

Staff who are not at their usual place of work on hearing the fire alarm must leave the building and go to the nearest assembly point. They must not attempt to return to their own Department.    

Staff are reminded to be vigilant with regards to housekeeping within their area of work in order to maintain the effectiveness of fire safety measures. This includes ensuring fire doors are kept closed at all times, corridors, walkways and stairways are kept clear, any materials that are likely to cause or assist the spread of fire are to be stored and disposed of safely. All fire safety equipment must be kept free from obstruction.