The first priority in an emergency that requires the evacuation of a building is evacuation, not dealing with the emergency.

If you hear the fire alarm or are instructed to evacuate:

  • leave the building immediately through the nearest exit
  • do not use an elevator
  • close doors and windows if it is safe to do so
  • provide assistance to those who are unable to leave the building on their own
  • go to the building’s designated assembly area  
  • do not re-enter the building until the “all clear” has been given by the fire department through the building warden

If you discover a fire:

  • activate the nearest alarm
  • exercise good judgment in deciding whether or not to attempt to extinguish the fire with the fire protection equipment available
  • if in doubt, leave the fire scene, closing all doors and windows if it is safe to do so  
  • after you have left the building, report the situation to a building or floor warden or to Facilities Management at 364-2444

Evacuation of people who require assistance

People with certain disabilities may require assistance during an evacuation.

Visual and hearing impairments
The person in charge of each class, meeting, or activity should explain the nature of the emergency and escort the person to the designated assembly area.

Mobility impairments
Two people should escort and assist an individual with a mobility impairment to the designated assembly area. They should also ensure the building warden is aware there is a person with a mobility impairment who requires assistance.

If the person with the mobility impairment is unable to negotiate stairways and/or evacuate the building without additional assistance, the helpers should move the person to as safe a location as possible (on the floor in the corner of a room near a window) then immediately evacuate the building and provide the person’s location to the fire department.

Invisible disabilities
Those with communication, cognitive, sensory, mental health, learning, intellectual, or other invisible disabilities may require assistance in an emergency. Supervisors and instructors should make an evacuation plan in consultation with the person concerned.

If you know you will require assistance during an evacuation, you are encouraged to notify your supervisor, your instructor, or the building or floor warden. In an evacuation, inform those near you that you require assistance.