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Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management

Fire and Life Safety

The primary goal of fire and life safety standards is the ability of building occupants to avoid injury or death during a fire or other emergency.  The following are examples of conditions and hazards that could increase the risk of a fire and harm to occupants and should be corrected as soon as possible:

  • Improper use of space heaters
  • Excessive or unauthorized storage of combustibles/flammables
  • Blocked egress (cluttered corridors and blocked exit routes)
  • Frayed power cords
  • Unauthorized use of an open flame

Report all suspected fire hazards to your department management, Plant Operations, or to EHS/RM. If the condition is observed after normal business hours, please contact Fresno State Police Department at 911 from a campus phone, or 559.278.8400 from a cell phone.

If you observe an unsafe condition, do not wait for someone else to call it in - REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY.

In the event of a fire:

  • Call 911 from a campus phone, or 559.278.8400 from a cell phone.
  • Evacuate if fire is an immediate threat to safety.
  • Use a fire extinguisher only to aid escape or if the fire is small enough to put out with one extinguisher.
  • Do not open closed doors without first feeling for heat. Do not open if hot to the touch.
  • Activate a building fire alarm.
  • Make sure all main hallways and fire doors from all offices are closed to prevent spread of fire.
  • Look for physically challenged persons in the area and provide assistance. In the upper floors of multi-story buildings, assist them to assemble at the pre-designated points.
  • Do not use elevators to evacuate the building.
  • Keep low if smoke is present.
  • Exit the building and proceed to the designated exterior assembly point (see Resources for example of a Building Emergency Posting).
  • Account for all persons you believe were in the building.
  • Report missing persons and physically challenged persons requiring rescue to emergency responders.


Fire Extinguisher handout

Building Emergency Posting

Campus Emergency Evacuation PowerPoint

Related Links

Campus Firewatch publication