Environmental Health & Safety

Fire Safety

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Wilmington Fire Department Engine 4

EH&S offers fire extinguisher training for you and your department.

  • If the fire is small, and you are trained, you may wish to fight it with a fire extinguisher. Even so, call 911. When in doubt, just get out.
  • When you evacuate, do not stop for personal belongings or records. Leave immediately, closing doors behind you, using the exit stairways, not elevators.
  • Do not walk through or stand in a smoke cloud. Stay low to the floor when exiting if visibility is impaired due to smoke.
  • Notify either University Police, or firefighters on the scene if you suspect someone may be trapped inside the building.

Fire Safety Training

Types of Fire Extinguishers

The basic types of fires are Classes A, B, C, D and K as defined in the following:

Class A
Ordinary combustible materials, such as wood, cloth, paper, rubber, and many plastics.

Class B
Flammable and combustible liquids such as gas or kerosene.

Class C
Energized electrical equipment such as computers or electrical panels.

Class D
Combustible metals, such as magnesium, titanium, zirconium, sodium, and potassium. (Rare outside machine shops or laboratories)

Class K

Kitchen oils and grease in large quantities such as fryers.

When using a fire extinguisher always remember the acronym "PASS"

Pull (the pin)

Aim (at the base of the fire)

Ssqueeze (the trigger)

Sweep - at the bottom of the fire

Building Fire Drills

By order of the fire marshall, fire drills of all campus buildings must be conducted four (4) times per year. You will be notified in advance of these fire drills and they will be performed with the least disruption to your work day as possible. During a fire drill, you must evacuate the building as if a fire were actually occurring.

To obtain floor plans for your building, contact EH&S at 962-3057.

Residence Hall Fire Drills

Fire drills for all campus residence halls will be conducted four times per year. When fire drills occur, all student must evacuate the residence halls as if a fire were actually occurring.

Floor plans of residence halls are available through Housing & Residence Life..

For information about fire alarm systems, fire extinguishers, or evacuation plans for your building, contact EH&S at 962-3057.

Building Evacuations

An emergency on campus may require a building evacuation. Examples of such emergencies include gas leaks and building fires. If a building evacuation is required, follow these steps:

  • When instructed, either by fire alarm or other alert notification method, calmly evacuate the building.
  • Retreat to a safe place outside of the building. When possible, pre-determine a place where you and your co-workers/classmates will meet.
  • Remain in this location until everyone is accounted for. Notify emergency responders if you think someone may be trapped.
  • Do not re-enter the building until emergency personnel determine it is safe.
  • EH&S will be glad to assist in the development of evacuation plans or facilitate fire exit drills.