What to do in case of Fire
If Fire or Smoke is Observed
- Immediately activate the fire alarm, if it is not already sounding.
- Call 911 (9-911 if using a campus/room phone) and/or the Department of Public Safety, 218-755-3888 (3888 if using a campus/room phone) or have someone make that call.
- Activate the Building Emergency Plan and begin an external evacuation.
- Close doors to isolate fire and contain smoke, if it can be done safely.
- Move to the closest, safe exit.
- Check doors with back of hand before opening; if hot move to alternate exit.
- If door is not hot, open it slowly and check for smoke and odors; if they are strong close door and move to alternate exit.
- If smoke and odors are tolerable, prop open door and proceed, staying low to lessen smoke exposure.
- Do not use elevators
- Help those needing assistance evacuating, if it can be done safely.
- Report the location of anybody left in the building to emergency responders.
- Do not return to the building until an “All Clear” is announced by the Fire Department, Public Safety or other recognized authority.
If You Are Unable to Evacuate
- Move into a room as faraway from the source of the fire as possible.
- Close the door.
- Seal the space at the bottom of the door the best you can, to reduce smoke penetration.
- If possible, call or take other actions to notify emergency responders of your location.
Use a Fire Extinguisher Only If
- You have been trained on fire extinguisher use.
- You are confident in your ability to extinguish the fire.
- The fire is small; e.g., no bigger than the size of a wastebasket.
- The fire department has been notified.
- Evacuation has begun.
- You have a safe exit route that the fire cannot block.