General Fire/Life Safety


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Sep 21, 2017
General Fire/Life Safety
Fire/life safety involves numerous safety issues including fire prevention, fire suppression, and emergency evacuation/response. Fire/life safety is everyone's responsibility.


Learn how to prevent fires --- what you learn will be invaluable.

The Effects of a Fire
Most fires produce an immense amount of smoke that is highly toxic. In fact, smoke is responsible for more fire fatalities than flames. A smokey fire can have the following effect on humans:

Within 30 seconds - Disorientation

Within 2 minutes - Unconsciousness

Within 3 minutes - Death

Timing is critical during a fire. To ensure your safety, you must know how to prevent and respond to any fire emergency.

Fire Prevention

The greatest protection against property loss and injuries from fire is prevention. Follow these guidelines to promote fire/life safety:

  • Minimize combustible storage.
  • Store waste materials in suitable containers.
  • Use flammable materials in well-ventilated areas.
  • Use and store flammables away from ignition sources, such as cigarettes.
  • Keep equipment in good working order. Have electrical wiring and appliances inspected regularly.
  • Ensure that heating units are properly safeguarded.
  • Report and repair all gas leaks immediately.
  • Conduct hot work in well-ventilated areas.
  • Test enclosed or confined spaces for flammable atmospheres.
  • Use open flames carefully. Do not use open flames where flammable atmospheres may be present.
Fire Response
If you see a fire or smoke, or if you smell smoke, complete the following steps:

1. Pull the fire pull station to begin evacuating the building.

2. If you are not in immediate danger, call 911 to report the fire. Provide the operator with the following information:

  • Building or area name
  • Approximate location of the fire
  • Size and type of fire
  • Your name
3. Exit the building by following posted evacuation routes. Do not use elevators during an emergency.

During actual emergencies, building occupants must receive permission from the The Topeka Fire Department, or the Campus Police & Safety Department before re-entering the building.


Evacuation plans and fire drills are essential for building occupants to respond correctly to a kindly refer the attached presentation . initial para courtesy WISBURN UNIVERSITY. image courtesy GOOGLE.