Fire or Smoke

A fire burns uncontrolled.

Procedures if Fire or Smoke Is Present

See also Evacuation Procedure »

Pull the fire alarm box.

Dial 9-1-1 to report the fire.

Notify Public Safety (415.703.9510) or Facilities (415.720.1170 in San Francisco or 510.594.3609 in Oakland). Give the location of fire/smoke as required.

You may be able to extinguish small fires using a fire extinquisher.

  • Keep yourself between an exit and the fire at all times. Do not go past the fire to retrieve a fire extinguisher. Use two people if possible -- one standing behind the person with the extinguisher watching and using safety precautions.

Remember this tip:

  • P - pull pin
  • A - aim hose at base of flame
  • S - squeeze handle
  • S - sweep from side to side

Fire Cannot Be Extinguished

  • If the fire can’t be put out, building monitors should be promptly notified so everyone can leave the area and exit the floor by the stairway(s).

  • Crawl on your hands and knees to the designated stairwell or exit. Once in the stairwell, stand up and walk down and out of the building.

  • Close doors behind you as you leave to slow down the spread of the fire and maintain the integrity of the fire corridor.

  • DO NOT enter a smoke-filled stairwell. Use an alternative stairwell exit.

Be careful about opening doors:

  • Touch closed doors with the back of your hand before opening them.

  • If the door feels hot or warm, go to an alternative exit. A fire on the other side could blast through if the door is opened.

If Your Clothes Are on Fire

  • Stop (cover your face with hands), Drop (to the floor), and Roll.”

  • If you are helping someone else, smother the fire with a fire-resistant blanket, rug, or heavy coat.

  • Dial 9-1-1 for medical assistance.

  • Remove any smoldering clothing if it is not stuck to the person. Remove any jewelry on the burn victim. Cool the burn area with cold (not iced) running water if possible. Only administer additional first aid if trained.

General Procedures

  • In a fire or earthquake where exiting appears unsafe or blocked, it is best to remain in a closed stairwell with the doors closed. Closed stairwells are designed to maintain breathable air for a minimum of one hour.  If you are trapped in a room, close all doors and seal off cracks.

  • Follow the directions of your building monitor, studio manager or public safety officer.

  • Assist any disabled persons. If the disabled person cannot be evacuated, they should be taken to the nearest stair well.  Shut the doors to the stair well, wait with them and send others to alert emergency responders.

  • Notify fire or police personnel as to the location of persons who have not been evacuated or wheelchairs and other special devices.

  • Notify fire or police personnel as to the location of persons who have been evacuated without their wheelchairs.

  • Once outside the building, report to the gathering point.