In case of fire
If the Fire Alarm Sounds
All personnel not involved in either fire fighting or room checking MUST LEAVE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY by the nearest safe exit.
Where practicable and safe to do so windows and doors should be closed, gas burners extinguished and apparatus turned off.
Upon leaving the building you should proceed by a safe route to the upper level of the main concourse on the left (Bennett building side) of the steps. This allows the Department to assemble as one group.
- use lifts, find the nearest stairway;
- attempt to retrieve personal possessions or outdoor clothing;
- re-enter the building until you are told it is safe to do so by the fire brigade or the University Safety Officer.
REMEMBER IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES AVOIDING PERSONAL INJURY IS THE MAIN CONSIDERATION
If You Discover a Fire
PHONE FOR THE FIRE BRIGADE by dialling 888 or, if no response, 9999 on any University phone or 999 on a pay phone.
NB Sounding the fire alarm does not automatically summon the emergency services.
Remain calm, give a precise location for the fire, e.g. University of Leicester, Adrian Building, 3rd floor, lab 319. If anyone is near send them to act as a guide for the emergency services.
ONLY IF SAFE TO DO SO
Attack the fire with the appropriate equipment. Remember a single extinguisher will only cope with a fire that is about the size of an office waste paper bin.
CALL THE FIRE BRIGADE FIRST
The fire brigade would rather be called out to a small fire and find it has been extinguished. Therefore if you tackle a fire before calling the fire brigade and cannot control it, valuable time has been lost and a large fire has to be dealt with.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO FIGHT A FIRE
- if there is any danger of escape routes being obstructed by smoke or fire;
- if there are gas cylinders or chemical stocks threatened by fire;
- if the fire involves burning gases;
- with the wrong sort of extinguisher;
- if after one extinguisher the fire still grows.