If you discover smoke or fire … remember to R.A.C.E.

Relocate — If it is safe to do so, relocate or rescue people in immediate danger. Instruct others to report to one of the gathering areas as you leave the building. Be aware of disabled persons who may need assistance.

Alarm — Pull the building fire alarm to alert others. Move to a safe location. Call 8911 for help. If you know there is a McLennan CERT member close by, report the precise location of the fire to that person.

Confine — Close all doors, windows and other openings to confine the fire. Shut off fuel sources such as piped gases and compressed gas cylinders if this can be done safely.

Evacuate — Evacuate all buildings. Notify McLennan’s CERT members and Campus Police as soon as possible.

Fire Extinguisher

Using Fire Extinguishers

  • Use fire extinguishers ONLY on small fires that are just starting to burn. Never turn your back to a fire.
  • Lift the extinguisher by the handle at the top. This will not activate the extinguisher.
  • Most extinguishers have a plastic tab around the handle. Grasp the tab, pull and twist to remove. Discard tab.

Follow the P.A.S.S. Procedure

Pull — Pull the pin or ring.

Aim — Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire and stop about 8 feet away.

Squeeze — Squeeze or pull the handle levers together.

Sweep — Sweep the nozzle from side to side at the base of the fire.

  • Continue until the extinguisher is empty.
  • Exit to a safe location.
  • All fires must be reported. Call 8911.
Fire Alarm

When the Fire Alarm Sounds

  • Be aware of disabled staff, students or visitors who may need assistance. Stryker-Evacuation chairs are available in stairwells of multi-level buildings. Instructions are attached to the chair.
  • If it is safe to do so, take your personal belongings and secure sensitive materials.
  • Leave the area by means of the primary evacuation route. Maps are posted in hallways near stairwells and elevators. If this exit is blocked, use the secondary or alternate route or exit. Become familiar with routes for all classrooms and work areas you frequently use.
  • Once outside the building, move at least 500 feet away from the building and await instructions from Campus Police or McLennan’s CERT members.
  • Do not re-enter the building for any reason until Campus Police, McLennan’s CERT members or Fire Department officials give the “ALL CLEAR.” Keep all fire lanes, streets and service roads clear for Fire Department vehicles.