Emergency Procedures: Fire

If you become aware of a fire or hear a fire alarm, the first priority is getting out safely. Once clear of the building and in a safe location, call 911 or 303-627-3130 from a cell phone to report the emergency.

  1. Take ALL fire alarms seriously and leave the building immediately. Do not stop.
  2. Feel door handles. If they are warm, do not open them. Find another way out of your room. If you can’t get out, signal for help.
  3. Close doors behind you.
  4. Stay low when there is smoke, where the air is cleaner and cooler.
  5. Always use closest exit or stairway; NEVER use elevators.
  6. If the alarm is on your way out, pull it!
  7. Once outside, do not go back in!
  8. If your clothes are on fire, stop, drop, and roll.
  9. Quickly cool any burns with water and seek medical attention.

Fire Safety Do’s

  • DO treat every fire alarm as an emergency. If the alarm sounds, exit the building immediately.
  • DO remain in your room if you are unable to exit the building safely because of smoke or fire. Keep the door closed and await assistance from the fire department. If smoke is entering under or around the door, stuff damp sheets or blankets in the spaces to help keep smoke out. If possible, open a window and waive or hang a brightly colored towel or garment to notify rescue personnel of your location.
  • DO close the doors behind you if it is safe to leave your room.
  • DO become aware of your neighbors and note if they have not evacuated and tell authorities they are missing and may need assistance.

Fire Safety Dont’s

  • DON’T assume that a fire alarm is a test or burned microwave popcorn. Any alarm could be the result of a dangerous fire.
  • DON’T waste time collecting personnel items. Take your keys and yourself to safety as soon as possible.
  • DON’T use the elevators during a fire emergency; always use the stairs.