Quick ReferencesImmediate Actions; Fire or Smoke Present; Extinguishing Small Fires; If You Are Trapped and Cannot Evacuate; Contacts

Immediate Actions

  • Exit the area immediately.
  • Close all doors as you leave.
  • Take keys and medications with you if possible. DO NOT DELAY evacuation.
  • Activate the closest fire alarm pull station along your evacuation route.
  • Notify others around you as you leave.
  • If able, assist persons with disabilities during evacuation or dial 911 to request assistance.
  • DO NOT use the elevator.
  • DIAL 911 and report the emergency after you are safely out of the building.


Fire or Smoke Present

  • DO NOT open any door that feels hot.
  • Use the back of your hand to check the door.
  • If smoke is present, stay low to the floor.


Extinguishing Small Fires

  • You may attempt to extinguish it with a portable fire extinguisher ONLY IF:
    • You are properly trained;
    • 911 has been dialed;
    • The fire alarm pull station has been activated; AND
    • The fire is trash can sized or smaller.


If You Are Trapped and Cannot Evacuate

  • Close any doors between you and the fire.
  • If available, wedge wet towels or cloth materials along the bottom of the door to keep out smoke.
  • DIAL 911 and notify the dispatcher of your location.
  • Remain on the phone with the 911 dispatcher as long as possible.
  • Cautiously break a window only as a last resort.


After Evacuation

  • Only return to the building when notified by AU ALERT, emergency responders, or university administrators.



AU Campus Safety & Security Phone: 334-844-8888
On-Call Phone (24/7): 334-750-9795
Web: www.auburn.edu/safety
Email: campussafety@auburn.edu
Auburn Fire Division Phone: 334-501-3100, opt 1
AU Risk Management &
Safety - Fire Safety
Phone: 334-844-4870
Web: cws.auburn.edu/rms/fireSafety.aspx